Sure, it’s the time for “peace on earth and goodwill toward men,” but the holiday season also hides danger, say the experts at InsuranceQuotes.com.
The website’s 2019 “Holiday Hazards Study” says 59.4 million Americans — that’s 18% of the population — have had a package stolen from their porch or doorstep. About half of this porch piracy happens while we’re expecting holiday gifts.
And then there’s the weather: 79.2 million Americans have banged up their cars skidding in winter conditions, the website discovered. Millions more get injured when they slip and fall on the ice around their homes.
According to the study, nine million people said holiday cooking sparked fires in their homes; while 13.2 million blamed festive candles, 13.2 million said Christmas light-packed outlets sparked a blaze, 9.9 million said a fireplace malfunction was to blame, and 6.6 million said a Christmas tree ignited.
In fact, the National Fire Protection Association says Christmas tree fires cause an average of $10 million in direct property damage each year. They’re not, “particularly common,” [but] “when they do occur they are likely to be more serious,” says NFPA President Jim Pauley.
So have a happy, healthy and safe holiday by taking precautions to avoid any holiday horrors.