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Beauty treatment accidents rising, insurer notes

Beauty treatment accidents rising, insurer notes

Category: Home insurance

Updated: 04/08/2009
First Published: 01/05/2009

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Home insurance customers are causing increasing amounts of damage by choosing to perform their own beauty treatments, a poll has found.

According to Sheila's Wheels Home Insurance, around a third of Britons have been cutting back by increasing time and money spent on personal grooming at home, rather than visiting professionals.

But the insurer noted that the average homeowner has seen more than £150 worth of damage caused by related accidents, with carpets the most common victims.

The survey revealed that spilt nail varnish and hair dye are some of the biggest dangers, while hair straighteners being left on has resulted in 'burn' damage for 31 per cent of people.

Jacky Brown, of Sheila's Wheels Home Insurance, explained that the findings highlight the need for accidental damage cover.

"To save the pennies, more of us are now using beauty gadgets, products and treatments at home rather than paying a professional. But any DIY pampering sessions come with their risks," she said.

Figures from the AA this week showed that the cost of the average home insurance premium rose in the first quarter of the year.

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