Never Skip an Umbrella if These 3 Things are in the Backyard

By | August 7, 2018

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Pools, trampolines and play equipment are considered “attractive nuisances” and homeowners coverage for them can be iffy. Add in houseguests and partygoers and they become even more risky.

An umbrella policy can help insureds get outside safely, protecting them against catastrophic losses — and ours provides specialized legal defense when needed.

Whenever you write or quote new business, be sure to ask your insured if they have any of these “nuisances” in their backyard and quote with a carrier that offers coverage.

Here are some quick talking points about these summer favorites, perfectly timed for the season of beers and barbecues.

The Nuisance: Swimming Pool

Don’t take it for granted that the pool is included in their policy; you’ll need to ask their homeowners carrier to be certain.

If it is covered, are the limits high enough? Think in terms of the worst: a drowning or a catastrophic injury, like paralysis.

Remind your insured to install safety accessories to keep their family, friends (and even uninvited guests) safe.

The Nuisance: Trampoline

Trampolines are often excluded from homeowners policies, so you’ll definitely want to verify coverage on this one.

Encourage your insured to read — even memorize! — manuals, as it will give them the important information they need to establish strict rules about usage.

Be sure to highlight age restrictions, proper installation with safe landing surfaces and to always, always supervise when someone is jumping.

The Nuisance: Play Equipment

Play equipment must be age-appropriate and installed securely on a safe surface. Encourage insureds to hire a pro if they’re considering a playset or a swingset for their yard — or if one is already in place, have a pro come by to inspect fastenings and maintain it regularly.

About Daina Kawchack Smith

Daina Kawchack Smith is a respected leader in the field of personal umbrella insurance. With over 25 years of experience in the insurance industry, Daina brings a breadth of experience to help agents grow by sharing innovative ideas. Before being named chief marketing officer at, Daina was an independent agent, CSR and an underwriter for a Fortune 500 wholesaler. She is a licensed Nevada agent and holds a CISR designation. More from Daina Kawchack Smith

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