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Child rescued after getting head stuck in a potty

London Fire Brigade has revealed its most unusual child rescues to encourage parents to keep an eye on their children during the summer holidays.

London Fire Brigade Credit: PA

The Brigade has spent nearly £240,000 in the last five years rescuing children who accidentally get locked in rooms or get themselves trapped in things.

Examples include being stuck up a tree, wedged in a statue and trapped under a slide.

In the last five years the Brigade's crews have been called out to rescue:

  • A child with its head stuck in a potty in Dulwich last week (July 2014)
  • A child with its head stuck under a table in Kingston in 2009
  • A child trapped under a slide in Islington in 2011
  • A child with its leg wedged in a statue in a car park in Kensington in 2011
  • A 13-year-old stuck in a baby swing in a park in Havering in 2011
  • A child with a cone stuck on its head in Enfield in 2013
  • A child with a toilet seat stuck on its head in Hackney in 2010
  • A child with its arm stuck in a TV speaker in Lewisham in 2012
  • A child with a toy train stuck on its finger in Brent in 2012
  • A child with its leg stuck in a park merry-go-round in Bromley in 2009

Kids are always crawling about and exploring so accidents are bound to happen, but when we are releasing children from under tables and out of TV speakers it diverts our attention from other emergencies.

Many of the incidents we get called to could be avoided with a little bit of common sense.

During this summer holiday, I would ask parents to keep an eye on their children and only call 999 if it is a real emergency.

– Dave Brown, London Fire Brigade