KUALA LUMPUR: Almost 80% of the distress calls made to firemen here to remove rings on bodies involved cases where they were stuck on men’s private parts.
Rings that were stuck on genitals were more difficult to remove as most of them were made from dense metal that was too thick to cut through, said City Fire and Rescue Department chief operations officer Samsol Maarif Saibani.
“Usually, if it is normal jewellery such as rings that are stuck on fingers, they are quite easy to cut through.
“But the rings used on private parts are larger, thicker or made from dense metal, making them difficult to remove,” he said.
Samsol said his department handled eight cases involving the removal of such rings last year, compared to 22 cases in 2015 and 10 cases in 2014.
He said almost 80% of these calls were seeking help to take out rings that were stuck on the penis.
It was usually the hospitals that would make the calls, he added.
“Medical facilities do not have the tools to remove a ring from private parts,” he said.
Samsol urged men to be more careful with penis rings, especially those that are made from metal.
His remarks came about following the latest case where 12 firefighters took about five hours to free a man whose penis got stuck in a metal ring on New Year’s Eve.
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