The London Fire Brigade is asking the public to be a bit more careful around letterboxes, shredders and tambourines as it issues a breakdown of 417 incidents where it was obliged to "release people, or body parts, which had become trapped in objects or machinery". The list of last year's mishaps features "a woman with her foot …
Trapped in a Clothes Horse
Might have been one of the incidents.
Yeah spotted that one...
Made it on to a Dutch news site as well. Including video footage.
Pity I didn't happen to be around, I'd have fixed that in a matter of minutes.
"OK, now get your hair out of the way and *don't* * move*..."
Let's face it...
...when a man has the choice of solitary pleasure ith a vacuum cleaner or light bulb, rational thoughts such as 'would I be wasting the emergency services' time were I to find myself facing extraction difficulties' will not be first and foremost in his mind.
I can get the vacuum cleaner thing, but where is the fun with a light bulb?
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Unless its a fire, charge them for attending! And even in those cases where those responsible were negligent.
After all, a childs head stuck in a tambourine is hardly something the public purse should pay for, the daft parents should fork out.
Was it a slow day on the Daily Mail boards today, so you came to visit El Reg?
Of course the fire brigade never go anywhere unless there is a fire in your little world, and making those responsible pay won't knock up insurance premiums and cost everyone more in the long run once shareholders take their profits as well, will it?
Asking the public to think carefully. Well /there's/ yer problem.
We love fridays
Hand stuck in a shredder? Ouchie.
"Put it in reverse! In Reverse! For the love of Christmas, PUT IT IN REVERSE!"
The fire brigade once had to remove me from some balustrades I'd manage to get my head through, but not out. I have the excuse of only being 6 or 7 years old though.
Still, a vital part of their work as far as I'm concerned.
" I have the excuse of only being 6 or 7 years old"
And you read The Reg? Smart kid!
"...to remove a chap's todger from a metal ring"
I dunno but I'd prefer "... to remove the metal ring from a chap's todger".
It sounds less traumatic.
two fire engines packed with 10 firefighters
That will be one fireman to remove the ring and nine to have a good laugh
And a couple of midgets
to cast it into the fire of Mount Doom.
If it's causing that much of an issue, maybe there's a case for a specialist "extracting (bits of) people from stupid places" team, so it doesn't take fire engines and people away from actually fighting fires.
It averages out at just over one incident per day (assuming that is 417 in a year), so 3 blokes in a Transit could probably handle the lot.