‘TIS THE SEASON… FOR A RISE IN HOME HAZARDS!

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NEW POLL FINDS FIRST-TIME HOMEOWNERS ARE MORE AWARE OF HOLIDAY HAZARDS, BUT ALL AMERICANS CAN DO A BETTER JOB OF PROTECTING THEIR HOMES

Too wrapped up in the hustle and bustle of the holidays to think about protecting your home? You’re not alone! According to a new Allstate poll released just in time for the 2016 holiday season, half of America’s homeowners and renters are more concerned about potential hazards damaging their homes during the holidays, compared to any other time of the year – yet few take actions or know what to do to better protect their homes. While first-time homeowners may be a little better prepared to protect their prized possessions, many still are overlooking some critical steps:

Survey[i] highlights include:

  • Seventy-one percent of first-time homeowners say they’re likely to go on social media to share pictures or video of themselves at their holiday travel destinations.
  • To prevent theft, just 39 percent of first-time homeowners, 35 percent of more experienced homeowners and 33 percent of renters have scheduled or plan to schedule package deliveries for when someone is home.
  • 56 percent of first-time homeowners, compared to only 47 percent of more experienced homeowners and 37 percent of renters, have tested or plan to test their smoke alarms and/or carbon monoxide detectors, to prepare their homes for the holiday season.

In this satellite interview, Allstate Executive Vice President of Product Operations Steve Sorenson can discuss the survey’s key findings and reveal the home hazards Allstate finds strike homeowners more often during the holiday season, compared to other times of the year, including burst pipes, electrical fires and missing jewelry[ii].

THIS SEGMENT IS PROVIDED BY: ALLSTATE

Visit Allstate.com/HolidayDecorator to virtually hang your holiday decorations and learn how to keep your home safe this season.

[i]  The 2016 Allstate Holiday Home Hazards survey was conducted by FTI Consulting from October 6-16, 2016. The survey was conducted among N=1,015 adults (home/condo owners and renters) and an oversample of N=224 first-time home or condo owners who purchased their home in the past year.

[ii] Based on holiday season versus non-holiday season homeowners claim frequency during the three-year period of Jan. 15, 2013-Jan. 15, 2016, with the holiday season from Nov. 15-Jan. 15.

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