Home Gym Equipment Breaks More Than a Sweat

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Gym equipment is becoming the latest home hazard as millions of Brits train to look beautiful this summer.

Swinton, the UK's leading high street insurance, has seen a 17% spike since Christmas in home insurance claims due to accidents caused by household exercise equipment.

According to Swinton the most common home-gym accidents are:
1.    Dropping heavy weights on laminate/wooden floor
2.    Scrapping walls carrying large equipment into the home
3.    Accidently throwing Wii controllers into television
4.    Swedish balls knocking over ornaments

"Everyone wants to look good for the summer, so at this time of year people start purchasing gym equipment and training from home - it can be a lot cheaper and less embarrassing than going to a gym" comments Steve Chelton, Insurer Development Manager for Swinton. "However, it can be a false economy when expensive items get broken or when you have to make a claim after causing a foolish accident."

"Although some household items, including electrical, are covered by standard contents insurance policies, most expensive ornaments such as china or antiques and regular items of furniture may not be covered unless your policy has been extended to include accidental damage cover. If you're training at home be aware of your surroundings and move any valuable items out of the way or exercise it in a garage or shed which is clear of expensive belongings."

For more information contact Michael Travers or Anoushka Foster, at Manchester PR agency SKV Communications on 0161 838 7770.

About Swinton

  •     With 580 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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