In mere minutes, a fire can wreak havoc and cause major damage to any business. The devastating inferno could cause your property to go up in smoke, and your finances, too.
When reviewing your business insurance, don’t wrap up your documents without securing fire damage legal liability. Anyone who wants to succeed in their business should be properly insured and fire damage and liability are a very real concern for many business owners.
What Is Fire Legal Liability?
It is known as both Fire Legal Liability or Fire Damage Legal Liability. In some documents, it can be referred to as “damage to premises”. Fire damage liability is typically provided as an exception to most policy exclusions for the insured property.
Why is it important to have fire insurance for business?
A fire disaster is a businesses’ worst nightmare. And yet not enough businesses take the necessary steps to guard themselves against potential damages and secure business fire insurance.
We know how hard it can be to navigate the legal system, so here are some tips for getting commercial property fire insurance for your business.
How Important is Fire Legal Liability in Property Lease Agreements?
Does liability insurance cover fire in a standard business policy? In many cases, it does not.
Don’t skip over fire liability, as it’s a key point in policies. Having this clause included can provide coverage for property damage due to a fire to the leased or rented property. It is especially key if the fire and damage were caused by someone else’s negligence.
What Exactly Is Covered in Fire Liability Insurance?
Fire insurance will normally cover the damages and losses directly caused by the fire. In some cases, this coverage can help to replace, repair, or reconstruct your property after a fire. The property insurance policy will have a set limit, which you will discuss and agree upon with the insurance firm.
Fire damage legal liability is usually limited to only fire losses and can only be applied to the leased or rented premises ‘occupied’ by a tenant. It does not cover any specific damage to the body of persons affected by a fire, or emotional and health problems that ensued as a result of the disaster.
Because some insurance professionals often focus more on other major coverages, the business fire insurance policy is often overlooked.
Always Read Between the Lines
Some owners wonder if liability insurance covers fires. Unless spelled out, it may not.
Before you sign any lease contracts, ensure that you are covered if damages from fires occur. If not, you may be forced to pay the damages. Unless you have additional insurance in advance, it does not matter whether the fire was caused by negligence, or by a natural disaster. You may be held responsible.
As part of your risk management strategy, you should always review lease agreements periodically. Taking a proactive approach to risk is the only way to ensure your full security, safety and prevent financial problems.
Learn more about Fire Liability and Insurance from Benchmark Brokers
At Benchmark Brokers, we understand the hazards and risks many businesses and their owners face. We specialize in providing insurance for all types of properties, from office buildings to apartments and commercial spaces.
Our experienced agents understand your challenges and are committed to working with you to provide the best coverage. Our flexible pricing plans are reasonable and affordable. We always evaluate your needs and give you options for deductibles, limits, and requirements.