Fifty Shades of Red? Fire brigade tweets embarrassing sex injuries
By now there's been plenty of Fifty Shades of Grey news. We all know by now that sex toy sales are up as the erotic novel trilogy - as well as the recently released film - encourage more couples to get a bit more adventurous in the bedroom. But is there such a thing as being too daring?
The London Fire Brigade (LFB) certainly thinks so. The organisation has seen a rise in incidents of a more sensitive nature recently, coinciding with the release of the Fifty Shades of Grey film. Rather than keeping these to themselves, the LFB is attempting to embarrass people into being more careful with their sexual exploits!
Using the hashtag #fiftyshadesofred, the LFB has been tweeting some of the more unfortunate incidents it has had to deal with. This is something that has been happening more and more since the release of the first Fifty Shades book.
The cost to the fire department of "removal of objects from people or people from objects" has risen from £124,000 in 2010/11 to £139,000 in 2013/14. Some of these incidents have been particularly embarrassing, including a man who had his penis stuck in a plastic bottle and one who had tried the same thing with a vacuum cleaner!
Some of these are thought to be related to the popularity of Fifty Shades of Grey. For example, since April 2013 the LFB has had to help 28 people who were stuck in handcuffs, with another seven people unfortunately needing to call 999 in order to have a penis ring removed. An especially unlucky man had to be rescued when he got not one, but two rings stuck on his penis for three whole days!
Of course, this doesn't mean you should stick to plain old sex if you want to spice things up. Sex toys, including handcuffs and penis rings, can be a great addition to your bedroom. However, you need to make sure you are using them responsibly and safely. The LFB has three top tips: "1. Don't force it on, 2. Keep the keys handy, and 3. Use some common sense."