Fireworks damage costs Brits £1.5m
Nearly 2m households are planning to hold a private, at-home fireworks display this Bonfire night, but findings from the report revealed that Brits are also left with a £1.5m bill as a result of damage to their homes and property caused over the Halloween and Guy Fawkes week.
This is the equivalent of £273 per affected household.
Richard Al-Dabbagh, Santander Insurance, said: “Bonfire Night is great fun and a chance for friends and family of all ages to celebrate together, but fireworks can be extremely dangerous if they aren’t set off safely.
“We’re urging families planning at-home displays to ensure they have plenty of outdoor space and plan well in advance to avoid accidents to themselves or their property.”
2% of Brits – equivalent to almost a million people, even say they have been attacked by people using fireworks as weapons at some point in the past.
Top tips for staying safe on Bonfire Night:
Before you buy fireworks, check that they are suitable for your garden and comply with British Standard 7114. Only buy fireworks from a reputable retailer.
Read the instructions carefully in the daylight before the event and keep a flashlight handy on the night.
Light fireworks at arm’s length using a taper and most importantly, don’t go near a firework once it has been lit. Never tamper with fireworks and do not put them on or near a bonfire.
Always keep a safe distance from the display, ensure animals are kept inside and don’t give sparklers to children under the age of five.
Remember, setting off or throwing fireworks (including sparklers) in the street or other public places is against the law.
Plan for all eventualities – keep a first aid kit and bucket of water to hand and ensure you have home insurance that is fully up to date.