The Liability Of Halloween Trick Or Treaters On Your Property

Halloween can be a great and fun time of the year. Those little pumpkins come to the door and say “Trick or Treat” and you give them all kinds of candy. Many Moms and Dads walk along with their children in gathering those little treats, and even sometimes grandmas and grandpas. As We all know they come on your property, ring your door bell and you give out goodies. The unforeseen threat is when the “trick or treaters” come  on your property, you could potentially be held liable for anything that could happen. This is if someone slips o falls, or any other type of “accident”. This could be if you are  a renter, homeowner or landlord. There are a couple of ways to prevent and protect yourself and we are going to explain what to do.

What To Do To Your Property To Prepare For Trick Or Treaters

  • Make sure there is a clear path from the street to your door. Make sure there is enough space for people to walk.
  • Have the area’s well-lit with light. This is so people can see clearly where they are walking on your property.
  • If its snows, shovel your driveway and walkways, and lay down salt. This is to prevent slip and falls.
  • Don’t have any hazards in the way or attractive nuisance’s.  This could be a hole you are digging in your lawn, or a pile of lumber or rocks in your yard.

Check Your Home Insurance Policy

Make sure your homeowners or renters policy has enough liability and medical coverage. We at least recommend having $5,000 in Medical Payments Coverage and having at least a $300,000 liability. Increasing these coverages will at most cost you an extra $50 dollars per year.  If someone sues you or there is a monetary judgement held against you due to an incident, your home insurance policy protects you.

If you take these basic steps it will assure a lot safer Halloween for you as a homeowner, and for your trick or treaters. Happy Halloween. If you have any questions or would like a quote, please contact us. Thanks for reading!

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About Karen W. Schneider
I am a Licensed Property and Casualty Insurance Agent in Colorado, license #376411. I am the Customer Service Rep and Office Manager for Denvers Insurance Agency.

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