Bonfires damage homes

More than six million (23 per cent) UK homes have been damaged as a result of Halloween and bonfire night celebrations, according to new research.

The cost of damage caused during this period averages £227 per household, amounting nationally to a staggering £1.38 billion.

The most common cause of damage, which has affected 2.6 million (10 per cent) British homes, is eggs being thrown. Around 1.6 million (six per cent) households have also had their garden plants and fences damaged or removed. Property damage due to fireworks and sparklers (three per cent), hosting a house party (three per cent) and items posted through letter boxes (two per cent) has also contributed to the nation’s colossal “mischief week” repair bill.

Most shockingly, two per cent of Britons – equivalent to more than a million people – have been attacked by people using fireworks as weapons.

Mark Russell, of Santander Insurance, which carried out the research, said: “Halloween and bonfire night are national celebrations that all families should be able to enjoy. However, many of the traditions we associate with these occasions such as lighting fireworks and ‘trick or treating’ have the potential to be quite intimidating and damage homes.

“Mischief week is unfortunately a prime opportunity for criminals targeting unoccupied properties, so it’s advisable to keep entrances to your home secure and leave a light on to ensure your home appears occupied.”