Party Rental Digital Safety Checklist – BETA version

app-promo-facebookMaking sure you party rentals are set-up safely just got a whole lot easier! With the new Party Rental Safety Checklist App from Cossio Insurance Agency you can easily document the set-up and safety of your party rentals. The best part is that this program is FREE for customers of the Cossio Insurance Agency! The app allows you to keep track of customer rentals, document proper set-up and even get directions to your rentals. WATCH A QUICK TOUR AND WALK-THROUGH or visit rentalsafetychecklist.com to get started. The app is is BETA version so if you have any problems, questions or suggestions feel free to contact Stacey at stacey@cossioinsurance.com 

Features

Checkbox Take & store photos of each device’s set-up
Checkbox Set-up customer rentals & complete checklists & forms
Checkbox Assign checklists to your employees
Checkbox Get directions to each drop-off location
Checkbox Manage your account on mobile or desktop
Checkbox Ability to view and download completed checklists

FunPro Closing – What you Need to Know

FunPro & Thomco announced that effective April 1st, 2015 they will pulling out of the party rental insurance industry. This announcement has led to much confusion & worry for customers that currently have insurance with FunPro. In the video below Larry Cossio explains exactly what this announcement means for you if you have an insurance policy with FunPro.

What causes claims in the inflatable rental industry?

So, what causes claims in the inflatable rental industry? From reviewing the claims reports, doing inspections, seeing the items that are being repaired and why, I can name quite a few issues.  I have been insuring inflatables for 14 years now and have seen a lot of issues that could be avoided with a little training.  This article is to help the rental operator avoid the potential of claims that could cause their insurance to be non-renewed or increased premiums.

First let’s start with the basics, the inflatable devices themselves.  You would be amazed at how many devices I see being rented that have issues such as rips, tears, unattached steps, cracked vinyl, torn slide panels, torn netting on the sides of bounce house, etc. I understand wanting to rent the item, but sending out one that has issues will eventually cost you thousands in claims, deductibles, and lost business due to people saying negative things about your inventory.  Bottom line, do not send a unit out that needs ANYTHING repaired on it.

Next take a look at your waiver and rental agreement.  Hopefully you have incorporated or formed an LLC so your personal assets are not at risk.  Does your paperwork have the corporate name as well as your business name included?  Has your attorney reviewed your documents to make sure they correspond with your states regulations?  If you are a sole proprietor, do you list your name with your business name?  For example John Doe dba All My Bouncers would be a smart way to make sure you are covered under that waiver of liability and rental agreement.  Does your waiver and rental agreement have strong assumption of risk wording?

Do you always have the person who is named on the contract sign when dropping off or do you allow just anyone to sign?  Do you have a safety sheet for operation of the rental units that is signed off by the renter?

Do you have a formal WRITTEN training guide for each device that is in your inventory?  Remember if it is not written it doesn’t exist.  Verbal training is hearsay.  Each employee should have a signed and dated training guide for each device.  Have you and your employees received training on each device from the manufacturer?  Have you received online training from companies like Sioto?  You would be amazed at how many employees have stated to me that they didn’t know the simplest rules of operation of the device.  Most of the rules are printed on the side of each device and most employees did not ever read them!

Do you use the right size stakes for the device? What are the right sizes?  Do you use the correct weight if using sand bags?

Do you check the weather reports each morning for wind or rain conditions and warn your customer of possible challenges?

Do you take pictures of the device when set up and when picking up to show the status, stakes are in the ground with cones protecting them, the unit is clean, the unit is working, etc.?

These simple steps will pay HUGE dividends for your business and the will help the success and future growth.

What Type of Insurance Does My Business Need?

 

What type of insurance does my business need?

Party Rentals
General liability
Umbrella
Non owned auto
Property
Inland Marine
Commercial auto
Workers Compensation
Assault /battery

Indoor Bounce Centers
General liability
Umbrella
Non owned auto
Property
Inland Marine if property leaves premises
Commercial auto
Workers compensation

Additional coverage’s
Employee dishonesty
Sexual Abuse,/ Molestation
Assault /battery
Money inside/outside Continue reading “What Type of Insurance Does My Business Need?”