Suncorp research has revealed a 68% spike in insurance claims during the holiday season, with over a quarter of claims over the December 2017 to January 2018 period relating to electrical faults, barbecue fires, or explosions. This prompted the insurance giant to release a safety warning this silly season.
“For many of us summer means winding down and relaxing with family and friends, but it’s important not to become complacent and overlook potential risks,” said Ashleigh Paterson, Suncorp spokesperson. “Concerningly, electrical faults were the leading cause of home fires last summer (27%), which could be linked to our air conditioners being in overdrive and people celebrating with decorative lights. It’s important to check any electrical decorations are in good working order and are installed correctly – while keeping them away from flammable items like wrapping paper.”
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