Utilizing a Storage Unit? Items You’ll Want to Avoid Packing into Your Storage Unit

Especially when you’re moving, a storage unit can be extremely convenient. Having somewhere to put things while you’re organizing or packing is a great help, but do you know the things you shouldn’t put into storage? Storage facilities have their own regulations, but there are some things should never go into a storage unit.

  • Plants, Pets, and People: This should be obvious, but living things don’t belong in a storage unit. Keeping animals, even insects or bugs, in storage, is illegal. Plants can’t survive without fresh air, light, and water.

  • Dangerous items: Nothing that could endanger your storage unit, nearby units, or people accessing the units should be stored there. Regulations on firearms vary; some facilities will allow certain types of firearms, while others prohibit firearms entirely. Ammunition, on the other hand, is never allowed in a storage unit because it’s combustible and is considered hazardous.

  • Anything scented or wet: It may seem reasonable to keep fragrant items in your storage unit, but in fact they can attract rodents and bugs.

  • High-value items: You may be impressed by your storage facility’s security, but that doesn’t mean you should store your expensive or irreplaceable items.

  • Medical supplies: Storage facilities typically have rules about medical supplies, because some medical equipment can’t legally be stored. Additionally, if you need a medical item, you don’t want to have to look for it in the storage unit.

  • Flammable or combustible items: Again, nothing dangerous should be kept in storage. Keeping things that could start a fire out of your storage unit seems like common sense, but it’s worth noting anyway. If a fire were to start in your storage unit, it would not just endanger your belongings, but also the belongings in the other storage units in the facility.

  • Anything that will attract pests: Your storage unit is not an off-site pantry. If you keep food, including canned goods or dry goods, in your storage unit, you’re inviting pests into the unit.

  • Hazardous materials: Storage facilities don’t have the ventilation and temperature controls necessary to maintain chemicals that can be volatile. Propane, gasoline, bio-medical waste, fireworks, and other hazardous materials should never be put into storage.

  • Items prone to mold or mildew: If you store anything damp, you’re risking mold and mildew. It doesn’t have to be furniture, clothing, or other things made of cloth- camping items put away when they’re not clean and dry can provide an inviting environment for mold and mildew.

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