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Fall Activities Need Liability Insurance
Agritainment, also known as agritourism, brings the best out of the fall season. Agritainment is what you’d expect it to be – a blend of agriculture and entertainment. Some of the most popular examples include pumpkin patches, haunted houses, hayrides, and petting zoos but it doesn’t stop there. On these large properties that provide fall activities, accidents can happen anytime, anywhere, and no matter what type of business you’re running, you should consider having liability insurance. We can provide coverage for just about any type of business, regardless of company size, claims history, or the risk involved…because this is our specialty.
Fall Activities Covered
For families, there is no better destination to revel in the cool weather, admire nature’s beauty, and get a rare glimpse into rural life than a pumpkin patch. The pumpkins themselves are a great attraction (and a necessity come October 31st), but patch owners have added a great deal of entertaining features to make the experience that much more memorable. Some of these activities (hayrides, pony rides, mazes, etc) are tremendously enjoyable for children, but they could also be potentially hazardous.
According to Marsha Salzwedel, research specialist for the National Farm Medicine Center, “Approximately 14,000 children are injured each year on farms and ranches and 40 percent of the injured children are visitors.” If something were to go wrong, patch owners would likely be held accountable. However, there is a way for them to lessen their risk by purchasing pumpkin patch liability insurance to protect themselves and their business from civil claims.
With thousands of kids visiting your pumpkin patch, it’s important to have a custom pumpkin patch liability insurance coverage plan to fill in the gaps of traditional business plans that don’t cover liabilities associated with kids getting injured or worse. Each plan is custom shaped to suit each patch’s specifications (size of the property, activities, events, etc) so that the most amount of coverage can be provided at an affordable premium. Without an effective specialty insurance plan in place, you’re putting your business and yourself at huge risk every time a family or field trip visits your pumpkin patch.
Most people go to haunted houses with their friends to get scared, laugh, and have a good time, but there are business owners and operators on the other end that have to worry about making sure everything is scary and getting hoards of people to show up.
While it’s easy to get caught up in the rush to get everything ready, haunted house owners and operators need to keep in mind that not everything always goes as planned, not just with preparation but when the haunted house opens. This is why it’s important to make sure you have certified haunted house liability insurance if you own or manage a seasonal or year-round haunted house attraction. With everything being dark, loud noises in all directions, and people jumping out to scare visitors, it’s inevitable that someone will get hurt and that’s why it’s important to make sure you have the right protection by having a haunted house liability insurance plan in the event that a visitor tries to hold you financially responsible for injuries that may occur.
Other Covered Fall Activities:
- Petting Zoos
- Hay Rides
- Corn Mazes
- Paintball Courses
- Face Painting
- Special Events & Fireworks
- Amusement & Recreation Places, Devices, and Inflatables
- Carnivals, Fairs, Festivals, and Family Entertainment Centers
- And More!
What Could Go Wrong?
We know just how much fun those fall activities can be. Seasonal businesses bring in many families, couples, and individuals every year due to their trendiness. However, are you taking proper precautionary steps to ensure safety? Is it enough?
With each type of activity, there are certain risks to consider. Take a haunted house, hayride, or corn maze for example – the scary and cramped atmosphere might result in employees, props, or a guest to injure someone or something – your company could certainly be held liable. Are there animals present? If you own the animals and one of them bites or attacks a customer, you may be held responsible for the accident. And of course, being the fall season, leaves are all over the ground. Leaves can hide holes or other damage on the ground that could lead to an injury or accident. Here are some real-life examples to illustrate some risks and costs involved in Fall businesses.
- Running away from a chainsaw-wielding actor in a corn maze resulted in a broken leg.
- Being startled by an actor in a haunted house resulted in the plaintiff requiring two surgeries to repair her nose.
- Falling four floors resulted in the death of an attendee at a Haunted Hotel Ball.
These are just a few examples of what could go wrong. There’s only so much you can do to prevent or reduce accidents from happening. For everything else, our liability insurance will give you customized coverage so you and your business can have peace of mind.
Safety Tips For Fall Businesses
The best way to protect yourself from liability is to follow some essential safety tips for fall businesses. This will help keep your customers and other visitors to your Fall attractions as safe as possible. Here are safety tips to help you protect yourself, your staff, and your visitors.
- Train workers and actors to recognize stress or the onset of a medical condition. Train them to take appropriate action.
- Eliminate trip hazards. If you cannot eliminate them, make sure you signpost them.
- Plan hayride routes so that they do not navigate bumpy routes or cross public highways.
- Assess attractions that use actors to frighten or startle visitors. Remove any object that poses the risk of injury.
- Do not operate in extreme weather conditions.
- Ensure the proper safety checks have been carried out.
- Maintain equipment and facilities.
- Follow the recommendations made by your local fire department.
- Ensure evacuation routes are kept clear at all times.
- Follow all safety procedures. If something seems amiss, make it unavailable to the public.
- Cover yourself sufficiently against liability claims.
Liability Insurance For Fall Activities
You can’t eliminate risk entirely. Props can fall, animals can bite, and hidden hazards like leaf-covered potholes can increase the chances of you being subject to liability claims.
We appreciate the risks associated with running an agritourism business. Fortunately for those in this industry, our specialty is providing liability solutions for higher-risk occupations and businesses that other insurers shy away from.
It doesn’t matter if your business is new, small, or a fortune 500 company. We provide solutions to liability insurance for fall activities even if you’ve been dropped, non-renewed, or canceled. We are here to help you if you’re struggling to get liability insurance for your fall activities. No matter what the case may be, don’t be a victim of insufficient coverage.
We provide customized insurance coverage solutions through an all-in-one approach to fit your needs.
- Commercial General Liability
- Equipment Rental Liability
- Commercial Auto (not available in all states)
- Professional Liability
- Products Liability
- Spectator Liability
- Excess Medical
- Property Coverage
- D&O, E&O
- Wrongful Acts
- Animal Liability
- Active Shooter
- Alleged Sexual Abuse and Molestation Liability
- Alleged Assault & Battery Liability
- And More!
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