TVs Take The Brunt Of Lockdown Damage
Insurers have reported an eight-fold increase in claims for smashed TVs during the coronavirus lockdown.
According to The Herts Advertiser, home appliances insurer Prominence Support said that claims for TVs rockets to 718 per cent during April and May compared to the same months in 2019. The majority of the television casualties were due to smashed LCD and OLED TV screens.
The insurer says it’s seemingly no coincidence that the incidents occurred during a time when children were schooling from home and parents were forced to juggle remote-working with commitments to home-schooling.
Prominence Support saw a 54 per cent year-on-year increase on claims during the two months, while household appliances - cookers, washers and dryer, and toaster - were in much heavier use than usual.
Lorraine Taylor, claims manager at Prominence Support, said: “Being under lockdown has not only taken its physical and emotional toll on many people, but it also seems to have taken its toll on our home appliances.
“We have seen an unprecedented level of claims to repair or replace broken home appliances, and in particular smashed televisions.”
She added: “The high level of claims made for smashed screens has, not surprisingly, coincided with kids being off school and parents trying to remote work. Under the circumstances, a little more TV time than normal is totally understandable.
“Accidents will happen and no one is to blame. Many parents are under pressure to work full days, and it’s impossible to supervise young, school-age kids, all day.”
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