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'Potty calls' cost London Fire Brigade thousands a year

Child with a potty on its head Image copyright London Fire Brigade
Image caption Firefighters were called out to more than 7,500 calls in the last five years

London firefighters are called out about four times a day to rescue children who are stuck in railings, potties and toilet seats.

London Fire Brigade said that in 2015 there were 1,499 incidents of under-18s getting stuck in things and put the cost to the service at £488,675.

Some of the incidents have also included a toy train being stuck on a finger and a hand stuck in a door.

It was also called out to a 13-year-old stuck on a baby swing in a park.

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."

The service released the figures ahead of Child Safety Week.

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