New data from the insurance firms reveals that fire claims increased by two thirds (66%) between 5-7 November last year, compared to the rest of the month.
In 2018, the increase was even more on 5 November with claims rising by 150%, compared to the rest of the month.
Claims over this period include damage to fences, sheds and garages caused by out-of-control bonfires.
“We appreciate that families want to celebrate, particularly after such a challenging year, but we’d encourage people to take even more care than usual, as so many individual fires and firework displays may be happening at the same time.”
She added: “It’s not just during the bonfires or firework displays where the risk lies. A number of claimants report disposing of ashes, only to find they were still hot enough to burn through bins or refuse piles.
“We also see quite a few claims where sparks have flown into neighbouring properties and gardens, so be sure to keep a watch on any stray embers. If people are planning to have a bonfire or fireworks, we’d urge them to do it with caution and stay on their guard.”