The party season is well underway. Office parties, family gatherings, and nights out on the town form an integral part of the UK’s Christmas and New Years celebrations, and these events are supposed to be some of the most joyous in the year.
But if you don’t prepare correctly, then a festive celebration can turn into a winter nightmare. According to Sainsbury’s Home Insurance, more than one-quarter (26%) of Brits have damaged their home while getting ready to go out, and 19% have experienced property damage when hosting their own party.
The research found that, of those who caused damage when getting ready to go out:
- 46% spilled their make up
- 32% spilled hair dye
- 30% spilled nail polish or nail polish remover
- 20% created a plumbing and drainage emergency by leaving taps running
- 16% caused damage with hair straighteners, potentially leading to a fire
And of those that experienced property damage when hosting their own party:
- 60% had their household items broken
- 47% were left with stains that could not be cleaned
- 25% saw fire damage or related damage caused by cigarettes, candles, paper lanterns and dangerous gifts
Sainsbury’s Home Insurance representative Tom Thomson explained that it is useful to “take extra care” during party season, as doing so will help people to fully enjoy the “goodwill of the season”.
He advised people to keep tabs on hair straighteners, irons and candles, suggesting that these should be stored away out of reach.
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