AXA predicts DIY accident spike on Saturday
by Richard Kilner
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DIY accidents will peak the day after Good Friday, costing an average of £900, according to AXA.
The spike in accidents, the most common of which is spilled paint, could see a large number of people perusing their insurance policies anxiously or even heading for A&E.
AXA has commissioned research showing that 23% of the 17m Easter DIYers embark upon their home improvement projects on Saturday morning.
Nor had the recession put people off, with almost half (48%) of respondents stating they were more likely to do some DIY this year than previously.
Despite the enduring popularity of DIY, almost one in five suffer an accident, with two-fifths of accidents involving spilled paint, and over one-fifth involving unintended holes in walls or ceilings.
Water damage is suffered by 19%, with fire occurring in 14% of accidents.
Injuries are commonplace too, with the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents asserting that 200,000 injuries occur per year due to DIY.
Unfortunately financial pain can be involved too, with AXA stating that 43% of people lack accidental damage protection meaning they are not covered for any accidents that happen.