Halloween Parties And Your Home Insurance

Halloween is one of the most favorite times of year.  All kinds of events happen on this day, including Halloween Parties.  You will have your friend John dressing up like a giant banana and Suzie dressing up like Little Red Riding Hood.  Some people are going to have Halloween Parties this year.  Here are some things to think about before you host your Halloween Party at your home.

  • Make sure before hosting a party that you have a clear path from the street to your door.  Make sure there are no potential tripping hazards or delinquencies that could cause a slip and fall.  If you have snow on Halloween shovel your driveways, walkways and lay down salt in order to melt ice.
  • Make sure to confine your pets not only because people can trip and fall over them but you don’t want your pet to run away or get hurt.
  • Make sure all areas where people are going to be walking including dining room, living rooms, sidewalks, bathrooms and dens are well lit so people have a clear view of where they are walking.
  • Do not use open flames.  Even though this is a party killer, do not light candles because people have the tendency to knock them over and start a fire.  Use the electrical lights for your candles and your jack-o-lanterns.
  • If you are serving food, make sure that perishables don’t sit out too long.  You do not want your guests to get sick from food you serve.
  • If you are planning to serve alcohol, make sure you don’t serve your guests too much, and make sure they have a way home.  This can be a Taxi Cab or assign a designated driver.
  • Test all safety devices including fire alarms if applicable, test smoke detectors, and make sure your fire extinguisher is up to date.

In conclusion, a renter, a homeowner and a landlord can be potentially held liable for any incidents or accidents that occur on a property.  Make sure your homeowners, renters or landlord policy has enough medical payments liability coverage and premises liability coverage.  We recommend at least $5,000 Medical Payments and $300,000 liability coverage on homeowners. Also make sure that you homeowners doesn’t have an exclusion for liquor being served.  If you have any questions or would like a quote, please feel free to contact us.

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!