Science Daily Firefighters construct 650 toilet rescues

Image caption Out of order: Firefighters say they rescue lots of people from “sticky situations which could have been avoided”

Firefighters have rescued more than 650 people from locked toilets since 2016.

London Fire Brigade exhorted members of the public to “use common sense” before dialling 999 after receiving 659 calls from people locked in loos.

It said firefighters also had to rescue a child with their head wedged in a potty, a woman stuck up a tree and a pigeon trapped inside a chimney.

As well as the “unusual” calls, the brigade had more than 30,000 malicious hoax calls in the last five years.

Deputy Commissioner Tom George said: “No matter how strange a call may seem, we will always attend if there is a genuine emergency but you should always guess carefully about how to use our resources.

“A number of the more unusual calls we attend involve children or animals so we would always exhort Londoners to keep an eye on their youngsters or pets to ensure they aren’t getting themselves into sticky situations which could be avoided.”

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Some calls to the brigade in the past few years have included 😛 TAGEND 56 cats and puppies in need of rescuing 17 children with their heads stuck in toilet seats A girl stuck in a tree while trying to retrieve a cat in Hillingdon A child with their head stuck in a potty in Westminster A bus driver locked in a toilet at a bus stand in Lambeth A pigeon stuck in a chimney in Richmond

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