Warning not to end up red faced after Fifty Shades of Grey

PUBLISHED: 17:10 12 February 2015 | UPDATED: 17:10 12 February 2015




Fire chiefs saw the number of people needing help after getting stuck in bondage gear spike after the books

Fire chiefs concerned the new Fifty Shades of Grey film could lead to people who experiment with bondage getting stuck in rings, or handcuffs, have issued a stark warning.

Firefighters were called out to 472 incidents which involved people being trapped or stuck between 2013 and 2014, often in everyday household items. The brigade says that this figure has steadily increased year on year since the Fifty Shades of Grey books were release.

It started a campaign called Fifty Shades of Red, asking people to think carefully about what they are doing before getting themselves into sticky situations.

Despite the campaign’s success, the Brigade are still called to more than one embarrassing incident every day, leaving many Londoners red faced.

In November last year firemen came to the rescue of a man forced to undergo surgery to remove two metal rings that had been stuck on his penis for three days.

The man attended accident and emergency at a London hospital in the early hours but when doctors found they couldn’t remove the steel rings they called the Brigade. Two firefighters scrubbed up and removed the rings using pedal cutters - a hydraulic handheld piece of cutting equipment.

Since April 2013 the capital’s fire crews have been called out to 28 incidents of people stuck in handcuffs, and 293 incidents of men with rings stuck on their penises.

The Brigade said that in the past its crews have been called to a man whose penis was stuck in a toaster, and another who got his manhood trapped in a vacuum cleaner.

Despite the unusual nature of some of the incidents, the Brigade was keen to stress that people should always call 999 in the case of a genuine emergency.

Third officer, Dave Brown, said: “The Fifty Shades effect seems to spike handcuff incidents so we hope film goers will use common sense and avoid leaving themselves red faced.

“I’d like to remind everyone that 999 is an emergency number and should only be used as such. If there’s a genuine emergency, fire crews will of course attend and will be on the scene to help within minutes.”

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