True or False: Your homeowners insurance can increase if you have a trampoline on your property.
True or False: You are responsible when someone trespasses on your property, plays on your trampoline or gets injured.
True or False: Your insurance company can cancel your homeowner’s policy because you have a trampoline on your property.
Sadly, all the above are true. Despite the joys and health benefits that a trampoline can bring, insurance companies do not share the same sentiments.
Due to the number of injuries sustained from trampoline accidents (about 83,300 emergency room visits according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission), trampolines are an “attractive nuisance” for insurance companies.
If you don’t already own a trampoline, it is important to check your homeowner’s policy for any clause that refers to attractive nuisances like trampolines and pools. Your agent can also advise you on the insurance company’s policies if you choose to add a trampoline to your property.
If you already own a trampoline, you can ignore reporting it to your agent. Chances are, they won’t notice or comment on the equipment. However, if they visit for a different purpose (assessment of property or damage to the home from a storm, for example), they can’t miss the large equipment on the lawn.
If you like your agent and they’ve been flexible in the past, they may be easy to talk to about a variety of options:
1. The insurance company may offer coverage if you add safety features to the equipment. A trampoline safety netting that encloses the jumper may be sufficient, as it prevents jumpers from falling off the trampoline. The addition of a fence with a locked gate may also work, as it protects homeowners from uninvited guests.
2. Your insurance company may require an exclusion to your policy regarding injuries from a trampoline accident. This means that your premium may not go up, but all medical costs related to the trampoline may come out of your pocket.
3. Your premium may go up — on average between $50 to $100 — to increase the liability coverage that may occur. Some companies recommend additional liability coverage between $50,000 to $100,000 on top of the standard $300,000 for homes without trampolines.
4. Your insurance company may cancel your policy due to a no-tolerance policy.
While there are a number of insurance companies to choose from, coverage varies by company and state.
This means that your sister in one part of the country may have a policy that requires a mandatory trampoline exclusion. But your brother, who’s with a different company and resides in another state, may have a no-tolerance policy when it comes to trampolines.
Rental Insurance for Trampolines
Renter’s insurance may cover injuries sustained by a trampoline. If someone who doesn’t live on the rental property gets hurt, the landlord may be sued because it is their property, however. The landlord’s insurance policy may also be cancelled because of their tenant’s trampoline.
When in doubt, double-check your lease to see if your landlord permits trampolines on the premises or if they have a clause in their insurance policy for trampolines.
A trip to the emergency room can cost more than an increase in premium. Unfortunately, the neurological damage from some falls can be permanent. As such, it is vital to reduce risks by providing the right amount of adult supervision and safety. Following the manufacturer’s guidelines for the number of users and weight requirements is another important precautionary measure.
Knowing the homeowner’s policy and the insurance company’s coverage regarding trampolines will prepare you in case a trampoline-related accident occurs in your backyard.