Firefighters in London issued warnings on Thursday about the highly-anticipated film, Fifty Shades of Grey.
NBC News reports that the reason for the warnings is due to the racy content shown in the film, which couples might want to try on each other at home.
The report claims that the London Fire Brigade (or LFB) has warned couples about Fifty Shades of Grey since the erotic film could very well lead to more people becoming trapped in intimate rings, handcuffs, and other equipment used in the novel as well as the film — including household items.
According to the LFB, there has already been an increase in incidents of people that have gotten stuck while attempting to recreate steamy and erotic moments from the R-rated adult film.
More than 470 incidents between 2013 and 2014 reported in the British capital require firefighters to be dispatched for assistance. Between April 2014 and February 2015, there have been over 390 incidents reported.
Each case involved someone either being stuck or trapped inside of various items.
The report further states that the number of incidents has progressively increased since the release of the book Fifty Shades of Grey, written by E.L. James nearly four years ago.
In a statement published on the official website of the London Fire Brigade, a detailed analysis started back in April 2013 lists a few of the common incidents reported.
“Since April 2013 the capital’s fire crews have been called out to… 28 incidents involving people being trapped in handcuffs, 293 rings removed including seven instances of men with rings stuck on their penises.”
According to the report, each incident costs the average taxpayer a minimum of £295 ($453 USD), which means that the incidents reported over the past few years have accumulated a bill of £388,810 ($598,250 USD).
There is even a list on the website of some of the “unlucky or unusual calls” that the Brigade has received over the years.
- A man who had his penis stuck in a toaster
- A man who had his penis stuck in a vacuum cleaner
- A man who had his penis stuck in a plastic bottle
- A man who had two rings stuck on his penis for three days
- A husband who was locked inside of a titanium chastity belt
- A man with a bicycle chain stuck around his waist
- A woman who got her hand trapped in the ash tray of her car
Dave Brown, an officer with the London Fire Brigade, issued an official statement about the “Fifty Shades effect” in addition to a helpful reminder for U.K. citizens.
“The Fifty Shades effect seems to spike handcuff incidents so we hope film goers will use common sense and avoid leaving themselves red faced… If there’s a genuine emergency, fire crews will of course attend and will be on the scene to help within minutes.”
A Brigade spokesperson also provided advice when it comes to couples that want to use rings.
“Our advice is simple. If the ring doesn’t fit, don’t force it on. As well as being painful, you could end up wasting emergency service time if you have to call us out.”
Thanks to the popularity of Fifty Shades of Grey, the firefighters at the LFB have even initiated an awareness campaign called “Fifty Shades of Red.” The primary objective of the campaign is to encourage people to think carefully before getting into sticky (and embarrassing) situations that may have been inspired by Fifty Shades of Grey book or movie.
Fifty Shades of Grey was released in the U.K. Thursday. Thursday night showtimes have also been scheduled for numerous theaters throughout the United States.
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