Our top 25 worries when leaving home – with many checking twice that appliances are off

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Two thirds of adults worry about their home once they leave fearing they have left doors and windows open, left a tap on – or haven’t turned off the hair straighteners.

A study of 2,000 adults found they check their appliances are turned off twice before finally walking out of the front door to avoid the risk of fire or damage.

And 14 per cent will make sure doors and windows are closed or locked four times so their home isn’t a target for burglars.

Almost half of those polled are so paranoid, they have even gone back home to check things are OK during the day to put their mind at ease.

The study, commissioned by FireAngel, found the top fears when out of the house include leaving the oven on, a window ajar and valuables on display.

Of those, 61 per cent inform their next door neighbour, while 26 per cent alert their parents.

A further 43 per cent also leave a key with someone else when they go away and 11 per cent even ask someone to house sit.

To resolve their fears, more than a third admitted they would feel safer if they could monitor their home from their phone.

And 22 per cent would like to install interior CCTV cameras to their property while one in five of those polled via OnePoll want to add a burglar alarm.

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