Much like high school football games and Fourth of July celebrations, exploring the great outdoors is an enduring and iconic American tradition. One that allows friends and families to forge lifelong memories. Listening to crackling campfires under the stars, spending lazy Saturdays fishing on the dock and making road trips to places not yet explored.
That’s why it’s no surprise that it’s such a popular way to relax – nearly 40 million Americans will pack up their gear and go camping this year.
But like any recreational activity, it does come with some inherent risks. And, if you own or operate an RV park or campground, there are some basic safety precautions that you can implement to keep your guests safe and secure.
While some clients may have grown up spending summers and weekends at campgrounds and RV parks, others may not have the same skill set. That’s why it’s important to go the extra mile to help them return home safely and reduce your risk at the same time.
3 Strategies to Reduce Your Financial Risk and Protect Your Guests
(1) Develop an emergency evacuation plan. Weather conditions can change on a dime and safety hazards can develop when you least expect it. That’s why it’s critical to think about keeping your guests safe and help them evacuate the premises if their safety is compromised. Develop a comprehensive evacuation plan in the event that your area experiences a flash flood or a forest fire in the vicinity. And, make sure that your staff knows how to carry out your instructions.
(2) Protect your guests from cyber crimes. Like most companies, you probably allow your clients to submit security deposits and make payments online. If so, it’s important to protect their financial information from a potential data breach. You may want to do your own due diligence before accepting any payments via the web. Consider reviewing how you take payments, maybe hire a cyber security company, or look into purchasing a cyber liability insurance policy.
(3) Post your facility’s code of conduct in public spaces. You can’t assume that everyone has a lot of experience at campgrounds and RV parks. That’s why it’s a good idea to communicate your safety guidelines. Provide guests with a handout of basic operating rules that specify things like: picking up after yourself, how to adequately extinguish campfires, noise curfews and relevant, applicable laws for the geographic area.
RV Park and Campground Insurance
The John Bailey Company specializes in providing comprehensive RV Park and Campground insurance. We are the only insurance agency in the country to partner with a past RV Park insurance underwriter for Gillingham & Associates, the past managing general agency for Arch Insurance and Gulf Insurance. If your needs go beyond basic policies like homeowners, auto, or general liability coverage for business, contact us at 865.524.0785.