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Holiday Parties or Homeowners' Follies?

Hosts Seem Unconcerned About Safety, Liability

As it gets a chillin', it's the perfect time to strike the fire, and enjoy the company of family and friends. Opening up one's home during the holiday season is a heart-warming gesture. All the excitement, however, has some hosts overlooking basic safety issues.

According to MetLife Auto & Home's American Safety Pulse Poll, only about one-third of potential hosts are concerned about avoiding common safety issues, and taking precautionary steps to prevent unnecessary accidents.

Too Many 'Cheers'

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there is an increase in alcohol-related car crashes and fatalities over the holidays. Yet, fewer than half of Americans or 42 percent are concerned that one of their guests would be involved in a drunk-driving-related accident after consuming alcohol on their property. Fifty-eight percent of respondents to the MetLife Auto & Home survey are not concerned about the potential to be named in a lawsuit, should a guest be involved in a drinking and driving accident.

Not Home for the Holidays

Many people are planning a holiday trip, instead of a party, as is the case for 65 percent of those surveyed. However, 19 percent of the respondents said they would not lock all doors and windows before hitting the road. Only 61 percent said they would leave lights on or set lights on a timer system when they are away, potentially putting their homes at risk for a burglary.

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