It’s winter, you are thinking about the holidays, hot cocoa and cozying up by the fire. The last thing that is probably on your mind is your campground.
Most policies, including MB Kouri Insurance Brokers, offer coverage for loss that could occur during the winter months. These coverages include ice damning and snow load and helps to ensure that damage caused by the unexpected harsh winters does not fall back on you. Although you are covered for damage resulting from winter weather, you can also do your due diligence to reduce the chance of this happening to your business.
We spoke with our campground insurance specialist and owner Dave Kouri to see how he suggests beating the winter hazards. Hear why its important, stories of losses and how to prevent winter damage.
“I think this is an important topic of conversation. People should know how they can better protect themselves.”
Why is it Important?
Dave can easily vouch for the importance of winter maintenance of a campground. Considering the family ski resort and campground he worked at growing up, he has seen firsthand why maintaining your park is essential during the off season. With that, Dave explains that this coverage has been around for decades, just like the Canadian winters will continue to be. “The best thing to do is prepare for anything”
Ensuring your campground is cared for is important for not only the campground itself but for potential customers that hold their trailers in the park over the colder months. Dave can account of several cases where snow load, fallen trees, ice and wind has damaged buildings and customers trailers.
Here are 5 Ways to Care for Your Campground in the Winter
Check snow accumulation on roofs and structures.
Doing this helps prevent snow load where the weight of snow can result in damage to certain structures. Not only this but by clearing snow can also prevent ice damning in eavestroughs.
Ensure ANY steps or walkways that are open to the public are clear & salted.
This prevents risks of physical bodily injury to customers, potential visitors or employees.
Lake Edge Cottages recently installed a safety rail in their hot tub to make winter usage safer!
Check-in with higher risk areas
Monitor or have someone periodically check into the campground on the following elements:
- Heated buildings to prevent freezing pipes in the case of power outage
- Highly forested areas for potential tree damage to buildings and trailers
Keeping park security gates & entrances blocked to prevent access to customers trailers
This prevents several hazards from occurring. Firstly, it stops potential trailer owners from coming into areas that are not monitored and maintained. This restricts chances of theft or vandalism of yours or camper’s property as well.
Ensuring you are maintaining your campground helps not only prevent damage but also reduces long term damage that could occur by not checking on your business for months.
Other things to Consider – Are you Covered Properly
An area Dave says people fail to consider is contents within buildings. Even though buildings are covered, unless things like machinery and tools are added to the policy, some contents are not covered. He has had cases where winter conditions have caused damage to campground buildings and the items inside.
In a particular case a campground building held equipment and machinery which were damaged beyond repair when the weighted snow entered the building. Because the owner decided not to include this on their policy, which is an option with MBK, the equipment was not covered. Dave explains that it is important to make sure your covered. Premiums are ever so slightly changed with add-ons like that, making it worth it to help prevent situations like that one from happening.
Dave is Your Guy
If you are not one of our current customers and were hoping to talk about insurance for your campground, park or resort Dave is your guy. Not convinced? Check out his bio by clicking here to see if he is the specialist for you.