What Items are Not Allowed in a Storage Facility?

By Stephen Davis
Special to UStorage.com

When moving to a new place you will most likely need to house some of your belongings in a storage facility. Storage spaces are excellent solutions that give you time to settle down easily and not be bogged down by excess items.

There have been a number of cases where people have stored inappropriate items that resulted in mishap. So it is very important that you know which items you should not place into a self storage facility.

Explosives, Combustibles and Toxics:
Almost every household will have some items that fall into this category. For example, I had a collection of vintage kerosene lamps and lanterns that I used regularly at home. Before placing such items in storage, empty and clean them; pack them properly and then place into storage. Other items include fireworks, alcohol, motor oil, paint and cleaning solvents.

Almost all types of weapons are prohibited from being stored in public storage facilities. This includes antique weapons and ammunition. Firearms are explosive and also dangerous if under the wrong hands.

Radioactive Material:
A variety of radioactive materials are found in some medical items. Such medical supplies cannot be kept in storage because of the danger they pose. Although individuals may not have large quantities of such material, some medical reps do and storage facilities are an attractive option. Some hospitals provide storage for such medical equipment and it should be kept there.

Keeping vehicles in rented storage is common practice. The law does allow this as long as the vehicle is operable, licensed and insured. Broken vehicles and unregistered vehicles cannot be stored in rented storage spaces. Also most storage facilities limit the number of tires that can be stored. This is to make their disposal cheaper if you fail to collect your items after the contract expires.

Construction Equipment:
Many construction companies purchase excess equipment and keep them in a rented storage until needed. Although some items are legal, equipment for drilling and underground work is prohibited by law to be stored in a confined space. Check with the administration of the facility to determine which items can be kept.

Perishable Items:
Canned and vacuum packed foods are fine, but items like meat, cheese, cereal and dairy products are not. Also do not store animal items like cat litter, pet food and fodder in public storage. Perishable items will rot and attract bacteria, bugs and rats. If you have extra food, instead of storing it, use it up, give it away or throw it out. Don’t waste money storing garbage.

Oddly enough, there have been cases in which people have left their pets in their climate controlled storage unit. Most of these people were just going for an out-of-town visit and decided to leave their pet in the storage. Even if you leave supplies, the storage area is poorly ventilated and poses a health risk. Arrange for a pet sitter instead. Ask a friend, relative or neighbor. If this isn’t possible ask a local pet shop if they can accommodate your pet for a few days.