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London Fire Brigade called out four times a day to rescue children stuck in toilet seats and cots

Article By: Sue Learner, Editor

Fire chiefs are calling on parents to keep a closer eye on their children, revealing that crews receive an average of four call outs a day to rescue children stuck in railings, potties and toilet seats.

In 2015, there were 1,499 incidents of children being stuck in items which included a manhole cover, a cot and a baby swing. In total over the last five years there has been 7,526 call outs to rescue stuck children.

Mark Hazelton, community safety group manager said: "I'm a father so I know it’s impossible to watch your children every second of the day but with a bit of extra forethought and careful supervision it’s far better to prevent youngsters getting in a tight spot in the first place.

"Many of the incidents we get called to could be avoided with a little bit of common sense.

"I would ask parents to keep an eye on their children and only call 999 if it is a real emergency."

Some of the most unusual child rescues in the last five years include:

• Child with its head stuck in a potty

• Child with a finger caught in a tumble dryer

• Child with a foot stuck in a manhole cover

• Child with its hand stuck in a door

• Baby with leg stuck in a cot

• A 13 year old stuck in a baby swing in a park

• Child trapped under a slide

• A toilet seat stuck on a child’s head

• Child with a toy train stuck on a finger

• Child with knee stuck in a park merry-go-round

In 2015 the Brigade spent £488,674 on call-outs to children who accidentally locked themselves in rooms or got trapped in things.

This figure is based on £326 per call out which is the rate used to recover costs charged for services, such as repeated calls to shut in lift releases and false alarms from automatic systems.

The new figures coincide with the start of Child Safety Week (6-12 June) with the Brigade asking parents to only dial 999 if it is a real emergency.


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