When planning what to store in your storage unit, consider that all storage facilities have restrictions on what they will allow you to store. This is for your own protection as well as that of the facility staff and other customers. If you’re not sure if an item is allowed, call the self-storage facility ahead of time to prevent any inconvenience upon arriving at the storage site. Here are some contents not suitable for storage units:
Combustible, Flammable, Hazardous or Toxic Materials
Considered “inherently dangerous,” these include gasoline, compressed gas, propane tanks, kerosene, lamp and motor oil, acid, grease, corrosives, fertilizers, paint, cleaners, chemicals, narcotics, or hazardous, toxic or biological waste. Asbestos or products containing asbestos are not allowed. You also cannot store fireworks, explosives, weapons or ammunition.
Tires and Vehicles
Storing vehicles is generally acceptable, as long as they are registered, insured and in operational condition. Most facilities will not let you store more than four tires in your self-storage unit because of the cost to dispose of them.
Medical/Pharmaceutical Supplies and Equipment
If you are a sales representative, you may find a self-storage unit a convenient place to manage medical supplies and pharmaceutical samples. It is a useful way to keep your products organized and easily accessible without cluttering up your office or filling your car trunk. While most supplies are acceptable, radioactive equipment – or anything that contains radioactive materials – cannot legally be stored.
If you work in construction, it’s convenient to stop by your storage unit on the way to the site and pick up the necessary equipment. However, please check with the self-storage facility before planning to store any construction equipment. Some construction equipment is prohibited.
Perishable Food and Animal Products
Canned foods may be stored in storage units, but perishable food products such as pet food, produce or meats are not allowed. These may spoil or attract pests.
Miscellaneous Prohibited Items
Any animals or plants – alive or dead – cannot be stored. Nor can any stolen items. People are not allowed to plug in or use refrigerators, freezers, generators, space heaters or live in storage units.