What NOT to Store in Your Self-Storage Unit

2 Comment(s) | Posted | by Norm Kotoch, Jr. |

What Not to StoreSelf storage can provide solutions for a number of unique situations and items. However, self storage is not appropriate for everything, and some items can pose safety concerns to the facility and tenants.

While many materials are inherently dangerous to keep in a storage unit, others, even some everyday items, can be unsafe. Before you start filling and organizing your unit, complete an audit of your items to determine what can be stored onsite, and what should be stored elsewhere to help keep you and other tenants safe.

Commonly Prohibited Items in Storage

While self-storage tenants should request a list of prohibited items from their facility manager, below is an overview of items that are not permitted at most self-storage facilities:

  1. Corrosive, combustible, explosive or flammable items, including but not limited to: propane tanks, gas cans, ammunition, lamp and motor oil, and paint.
  2. Chemicals and pollutants, such as fertilizers, acids and cleaners.
  3. Narcotics or other illegal substances.
  4. Improperly packaged or perishable food items for both humans and animals. Non-perishable items, such as canned foods, are typically permitted.
  5. Guns and other weapons.
  6. Pets, plants, humans and any other living beings.

Safety First

Common sense can often dictate what to store and what not to store in your self-storage unit. Be sure to review your lease or contract in detail to fully understand facility occupancy policies.

When in doubt, review state or local regulations, and check with your facility manager who can confirm — for sure — what is permitted. Together, you can ensure that you and your fellow tenants are safe at all times.

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  1. Self Storage Inc.'s avatar
    Self Storage Inc.
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    What about gasoline stored in a vehicle? We usually advise that tenants fill their gas tank before storing. Do you recommend that tenants remove gas from their vehicle?

  2. Norm Kotoch's avatar
    Norm Kotoch
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    While we prohibit the storage of gas cans, vehicles do not need to be drained of fuel.

    We leave it up to the tenant to decide whether or not to fill the gas tank prior to long-term storage. We recommend a fuel stabilizer called STA-BIL, which helps to prevent the gas from breaking down while in storage.

    Thanks for stopping by!

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