28 July 2021, text: Sarah Büchel, photo: iStock
Huge quantities of fireworks are shot into the sky every year in Switzerland. Every year, 250 people on average are injured – not including children and adolescents. This is compounded by five million Swiss francs' worth of property damage to spoil the festive mood.
To avoid having to deal with a claim from the outset, we advise taking the following precautions:
If, in spite of all your precautions, something does catch fire or there is damage, the following normally applies: The person who lights the firework is liable for the damage.
With private liability insurance you can protect yourself against the financial consequences if you cause injury to another person or damage his/her property. In principle, damage is covered by the buildings, car, household contents or accident insurance of the injured party. However, the insurer will seek recourse against the persons causing the damage. As a result, their liability insurance policy will pay the costs incurred and protect them from some substantial financial consequences. Private liability insurance is therefore one of the most important insurance policies for private individuals.
If you don't follow the precautions listed here, you run the risk that the insurance company will classify the incident as gross negligence and will reduce your benefits. If you deliberately cause damage, the insurance will refuse to pay anything at all. This is the case, for example, when someone aims a firework deliberately at a building or a person.