Break point for nation's windows

Article date: 22 June 2007

  • Rise in broken glass claims blamed on ‘Federer Fever'

With Wimbledon mania gripping the nation again this summer, Norwich Union is urging all Roger Federer wannabes to watch their forehands and smashes when playing around or near the family home.

Norwich Union claims data reveals that the UK's largest insurer paid out £4.3million* last year replacing glass in households.

A massive 5.4 million square metres of glass was replaced - enough to cover the entire railway line from Land's End to John O'Groats or nearly the length of the M25.

Broken glass claims are at their highest during the summer months, rising by as much as 20% compared to the rest of the year. The average cost of those claims is around £600.

Whether it's the panes in your glass conservatory or just plain old kitchen windows stray tennis balls could be to blame.

"Forget strawberries and cream, every year from June onwards we see a trend of a very different kind - the rise in the number of broken glass claims. We suspect this is down to the 'Federer Fever' - energetic youngsters trying out their latest techniques on their own lawns," said Jason Harris, senior claims manager at Norwich Union.

"As Wimbledon fever takes a grip, we're urging homeowners to take extra care and make sure they are adequately covered for any flying forehands. Better still, take the children to the park where they can hone their tennis skills without risking costly domestic damage."

Norwich Union covers accidental damage to glass as standard on its home insurance policy, so there's peace of mind this summer if your son or daughter's back hand isn't quite up to Federer's standard.


For more information, please contact:
Joanna Pritchard
Lexis Public Relations
Telephone: 0207 908 6440

David Ross
Norwich Union Press Office
Telephone: 01603 682730

Notes to editors:

*Figures - Norwich Union Claims data 2002 to 2006

Norwich Union is the UK's largest general insurer with a market share of around 15%, with a focus on insurance for individuals and small businesses.

It is a leading provider of life, pensions and investment products and one of the largest financial adviser (FA) providers. FAs provide over 70% of the company's long-term savings business in the UK.

Norwich Union's news releases and a selection of images are available from Aviva's internet press centre at  

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