A home is supposed to be a place of security and comfort, yet an unexpected emergency can change everything in an instant. Home incidents such as fires, natural disasters, break-ins and gas leaks can cause death and harm, as well as post-trauma and emotional distress—and that’s before you factor in the costs of an emergency home repair.
So what is a homeowner’s worst nightmare? We ran a survey to see which home emergencies are the most worrisome to Americans. Our findings revealed that:
- 35% of Americans agree that a home fire is the largest home emergency concern
- Only 43% of Americans own a fire extinguisher, and only 59% have a smoke detector
- 1 in 3 Americans don’t have any popular safety features in their homes
While 80% of households have homeowners or renters insurance policies to help cover the costs of a home emergency, many home insurance policies will not cover damage if appropriate home safety features aren’t installed or working properly. Read on to discover how popular safety features can prevent a homeowner’s worst fears from coming true.