Fire brigade to handcuffs users: Don't get stuck

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Associated Press

Posted on July 29, 2013 at 1:01 PM

Updated Monday, Jul 29 at 1:01 PM

LONDON (AP) — London firefighters say they have freed hundreds of people with body parts trapped in household objects in the last three years, including 18 children with heads stuck in potties or toilet seats and 79 people trapped in handcuffs.

The London Fire Brigade speculated that the popularity of erotic novel "Fifty Shades of Grey" may account for a rise in handcuffs incidents.

Third Officer Dave Brown said "I don't know whether it's the 'Fifty Shades' effect, but the number of incidents involving items like handcuffs seems to have gone up."

Firefighters treated almost 500 people with rings stuck on their fingers, and nine with rings stuck on their penises.

The brigade on Monday advised people to exercise common sense — and always to keep the keys nearby when using handcuffs.

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