Avoiding Improper Use of Storage Units

Avoiding Improper use of Storage Units

Self storage offers a convenient way to store many extra items for your home and/or business. However, due to misinformation, people often try to store items that are strictly prohibited. Before renting a self storage unit, take note of the following items which are not allowed:

  • Flammable or Combustible material – Items such as gasoline, compressed gas, propane tanks, kerosene, lamp and motor oil, acid, grease, corrosives, fertilizer, 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.

  • Perishable food items – While its acceptable to store canned items, perishable food items such as cereal and meat are not allowed because they can spoil and attract pests.

  • Medical equipment and supplies – If you are a pharmaceutical rep, you may find that a self-storage unit is a convenient place to manage medical supplies and pharmaceutical samples. While most supplies are acceptable, radioactive equipment – or anything that contains radioactive materials – cannot legally be stored.

  • Tires and Non-working vehicles - Storing vehicles is generally acceptable, as long as they are registered, insured and operational condition. Most facilities will not allow you store more than four tires in your self-storage unit because of the cost to dispose of them if you abandon your self storage unit.

  • Construction equipment - If you work in construction, it can be convenient to stop by the storage unit on the way to the site and pick up the equipment you need. However, check with the self-storage facility storing construction equipment. Some equipment – for example, equipment used to locate underground water – is prohibited.

If you are unsure about the items that can and cannot be stored, contact the self storage facility in advance before you move in.