A FIFTH of all claims for accidental damage to the home happen during the school summer holiday, an insurer said today.
And Huddersfield is in the top 10 for claims.
Halifax Home Insurance said it saw a 23% surge in claims for accidents around the home, such as broken windows and ruined carpets, during July and August.
It urged parents to check that their insurance policy covered accidental damage, as claims could run into hundreds of pounds.
The group, which analysed its own claims records, said homeowners in Glasgow lodged the most claims for accidental damage during the summer holidays.
Glaswegians claimed an average of £565 on their insurance policy.
They were followed by Edinburgh and Newcastle, with claims averaging £495 and £510 respectively, and Merseyside and Cardiff and the West Wales Valleys.
Other places in the group’s top 10 hotspots for accidental damage claims were Huddersfield, Leeds, Aberdeen, Bristol, Guildford and Wakefield.
Vicky Emmott, senior manager of underwriting at Halifax Home Insurance, said: “It’s particularly important at this time of year for parents to check their home insurance policies and make sure they are covered for accidental damage to the home and contents.
“This summer’s heavy rains show little sign of abating, meaning children may well find themselves cooped up indoors for hours on end when they want to be outside playing.
“So they may get restless and find mischievous ways to amuse themselves.”