December 18, 2011 19:00 ET

Protect the Nest, Over Excited Children Could Cause Festive Mayhem

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Dec. 18, 2011) - Swinton, the UK's leading retailer of home insurance quotes, is reminding homeowners to check over polices for accidental damage cover as over excited children could cause a little festive mishap.

Christmas morning can be over whelming for most parents with hyperactive children eager to open their new toys all at once which could lead to accidents. Swinton is urging homeowners to double check their home insurance policy for accidental damage cover to contents as new games consoles could cause mayhem.

Homeowners must also ensure they have the correct straps for gaming remotes as it could slip off player's wrists and cause an injury. Swinton is urging parents to keep expensive items out of reach as children could cause damage due to excitement from a game.

A survey commissioned last year by Swinton revealed that 23% of incidents that occurred on Christmas morning came from games consoles followed by 13% of accidents caused by footballs and outdoor equipment and 7% caused by eager kids who riding their new bikes through the house.

The survey by Swinton revealed the most popular incidents caused by children last Christmas:

  1. Accidents caused by games consoles
  2. Playing with footballs and other outdoor equipment
  3. Riding bikes through the house
  4. Spillages on new electrical gadgets (Laptops, iPads)
  5. Crashing toy cars into expensive items

Steve Chelton, Claims Manager at Swinton said, "It's no surprise that accidents occur on Christmas morning, over excited children always want to try out new presents all at once. It's interesting to see that games console causes the most accidents, homeowners must ensure they have the correct straps for remotes to avoid an injury or damage to contents. It's always essential to check your home insurance policy for accidental damage cover in time for Christmas."

For more information contact Mairead Rodden at Manchester PR agency SKV Communications on 0161 838 7770.

About Swinton

  • With 603 branches nationwide Swinton is the UK's largest high street insurance retailer
  • Unlike many other companies in the financial services industry, Swinton is committed to keeping its branches open for business, and part of the community
  • Swinton provides a one-stop-shop for the insurance and related needs of its clients, offering home, car, caravan, business, holiday, motorbike and even classic car insurance
  • With a dedicated team of advisors on hand at every branch to search a panel of insurers to offer quality cover at competitive rates

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