Doncaster is Home to the Most Accident Prone People in the UK

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New statistics by Endsleigh show Doncaster as the number one place in the UK for accidents in the home.

Accidents at home are not uncommon, but householders are particularly vulnerable to mishaps during bank holidays

People in Doncaster should be careful when plastering their walls or putting up their new flat screen TV. According to new statistics out today by home insurance expert Endsleigh, Doncaster is home to the clumsiest people in the UK. Those living in York were at the other end of the scale - being named the most safety conscious at home.

The results also showed that six out of the top ten most accident prone towns and cities are in the South of England, with four of these being located in the South East.

The top three most and least accident prone towns and cities in the UK are:

Most accident prone:         
1. Doncaster        
2. Gloucester        
3. Burnley

Least accident prone:        
1. York        
2. Cambridge        
3. Swindon

The new figures were revealed in Endsleigh’s ‘Home Accidents Report 2010’, which shows the top ten most and least accident prone towns and cities for accidental damage in the home. The results were collected by analysing household claims over the last four years from tens of thousands of Endsleigh policyholders across the UK.

Endsleigh analyses the percentage of claims in different UK towns and cities against the number of Endsleigh policyholders, ranking them based on the comparative risk of accidental damage, rather than on the total number of claims there have been.

Stuart Wartalski, Endsleigh Spokesperson said,

“Accidents at home are not uncommon, but householders are particularly vulnerable to mishaps during bank holidays when many of us consider using the extended weekend as an opportunity to make long-awaited changes including spring cleans and home improvements. This is why at Endsleigh we are giving away free home emergency cover to anyone who purchases joint contents and buildings insurance direct with us throughout April.

It is important for people to ensure they have adequate cover. The pricing of household insurance is taken on a case-by-case basis, taking into account a number of factors such as postcode, value of goods, likelihood of theft or damage; it therefore varies within different cities.”

Many accidents could be avoided by spending more time on planning and ensuring that the necessary precautions are taken. Endsleigh’s top tips for reducing the risk of accidental damage in the home are:

  •     Plan enough time to do the job well – rushing things can not only mean that the job won’t be done properly, but it can also lead to accidents
  •     Never make do with equipment – you need to use appropriate tools for the tasks and always read the instructions first
  •     Before knocking into a wall, or even hammering a nail in, check that there are no water pipes or electrical wiring in the immediate area
  •     If painting or decorating a room, make sure that you think about more than just the walls – paint can get spilt or splashed, so get dust sheets to cover your carpets or flooring
  •     Know your limitations and plan well beforehand. If you are unsure whether you can do it or not, consult a professional

Endsleigh’s home insurance policies are available online via http://www.endsleigh.co.uk and by telephone on 0800 028 3571.

Further Information

Endsleigh is an independent intermediary specialising in the provision of insurance and financial products for career people.

Originally founded in 1965 to serve the student market, Endsleigh is now the preferred insurance supplier for a variety of professional organisations, offering a wide range of services including motor, home, student and travel insurance.

Endsleigh also offers business insurance through Endsleigh Business Insurance Services and financial advice through Endsleigh Financial Independent Tailoring.

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