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London firefighters are called out four times a day to rescue children stuck in potties

Isabelle Aron

You'd think London's firefighters would spend most of their time, well, fighting fires, but it turns out they spend a surprising amount of time rescuing children that have gotten themselves stuck in potties, toilets and railings.

According to new figures from the London Fire Brigade, they receive an average of four call-outs every day to rescue under-18s who've gotten stuck in something, including a 13-year-old stuck in a baby swing in a park, a child with its head stuck in a potty and, continuing this theme, a child with a toilet seat stuck on its head.

The London Fire Brigade reports that there were 1,499 incidents of this kind in 2015, costing a total of £488,674. Mark Hazelton, community safety group manager, said most of the incidents could be 'avoided with a little bit of common sense'. So next time you see a small child trying to wedge their head inside a potty, it might be an idea to politely point out that, actually, you're supposed to sit on it.

The London Fire Brigade also has to rescue at least two Londoners trapped in toilets every day

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