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Deck the halls...but don't hit the deck!

- New research reveals Brits are falling victim to Christmas decoration disasters -

Posted on 18 Nov 2013

  • More than one in 20 Brits (6%) have injured themselves when putting up Christmas decorations
  • One in ten Brits (9%) will put their decorations up in November or earlier
  • More than one in 20 (7%) have damaged their home when putting up their Christmas decorations
  • Majority of people (75%) will ‘fake-it’ this Christmas, opting for an artificial tree rather than the real thing

Friday 15th November 2013: For some it will be full of festive fun, but for others Christmas is an accident waiting to happen, according to new research from

According to new findings from the leading price comparison site, more than one in 20 Brits have injured themselves when putting up Christmas decorations, with a similar number (7%) causing damage to their home in the process.

The research reveals that while the majority of Brits (92%) will be putting up Christmas decorations this festive season, an unlucky few look set to cause themselves an injury. In  their quest to ‘deck the halls’ people balance on chairs, perch on stepladders and clamber over furniture to hang tinsel, paper chains and mistletoe, risking both injury to themselves and damage to their homes.

And it seems that Brits are going all-out when it comes to decorating their homes, with more than one in 10 (12%) admitting that they will display an illuminated Christmas character of some sort. A further one in 20 (6%) will opt for an inflatable Santa with a similar number (4%) choosing an inflatable reindeers to adorn their property over the festive season.

Yet the majority of Brits (75%) will ‘fake-it’ this Christmas, opting for an artificial tree rather than the real thing. And it’s not just pretend trees that are filling people’s homes this festive season, with 7% of people investing in fake snow to help achieve that Christmas-feel.

However, these seasonal displays can sometimes pose potential fire hazards. According to the findings, more than one in 20 people (6%) have experienced a household fire as a result of their Christmas lights and/or festive candles. It is a serious reminder that many of the things people enjoy about Christmas - such as the fairy lights, candles and decorations - can all be fire hazards when proper care is not taken.

Homeowners should also be concerned about visits from Christmas crooks, with one in 20 Brits (5%) claiming that their home has been broken into during the festive period. This could well be because burglars know that there are richer pickings at this time of year, with more cash and gift items in circulation, coupled with the fact that darker days make it more obvious when houses are unoccupied.

According to the findings, the prime time for putting up Christmas decorations is between December 1st and 14th (45%). However, one in 10 Brits (9%) are choosing to get ahead of the game and put their decorations up in November or earlier.

Gareth Lane, Head of Home Insurance at comments:

“Christmas should be the time of good cheer, festive fun and happy family get-togethers. However, the party season also brings with it an increased risk of accidents in the home, with the festive decorations sometimes providing more than just a little extra sparkle.

To sensibly enjoy the holidays, people should remember to decorate with care to reduce their chances of an accident. It’s also important not to overload electrical sockets when using Christmas fairy lights as this can be a fire risk. Make sure that your home contents insurance provides you with comprehensive cover for common breakages as well as fire and accidents, so that you can enjoy the festive season knowing your fully covered should the worst happen.”

“Finally, remember that when your home is filled with expensive gifts and decorations, burglars may be more likely to strike. However, if thieves do run off with your inflatable snowman or Christmas lights, or if vandals damage them, a standard home contents insurance policy should typically cover the losses.”

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Notes to editors:

All figures taken from omnibus research carried out by One Poll Research on behalf of An online poll of 2,000 nationally representative sample of UK adults who celebrate Christmas, aged 18+. Conducted between 8-11 November 2013.

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