'Common sense' plea as scores of Bexley residents trapped in household objects rescued by firefighters
PUBLISHED: 10:26 30 July 2013
More than 30 Bexley residents have been left red-faced over the last three years after calling the London Fire Brigade to free them from household objects.
Since April 2010 fire teams in the borough have been called to rescue 32 people from ‘unusual’ situations.
This included a child who got his hand stuck on a spike, another youngster with their head stuck in a drawer and an elderly person who could not remove their hand from a letterbox.
Almost half of the callouts involved people having one or more rings stuck on their fingers.
Across London there have been 1,300 similar incidents since April 2010. Every call out costs at least £290 to the taxpayer, meaning the combined cost in the last three and a half year adds up to a staggering £377,000.
Third Officer David Brown said: “Some of the incidents our firefighters are called out could be prevented with a little common sense.
“I’d like to remind everyone that 999 is an emergency number and should be used as such.”