Storage units are used to store various items for business or personal purposes, and all storage facilities have restrictions on what to put in them. These rules are there to protect a person’s belonging, goods, other customers, and service staff. The following are the stuff no one should store in a storage unit,
Flammable/Combustible, Toxic, or Hazardous Items
Combustible/flammable items have no place inside a storage unit. They include compressed gas, kerosene, gasoline, propane tanks, motor oil, fireworks, explosives, etc. These items can cause fires or explosions. Other dangerous items not to store include toxic and hazardous products like fertilizers, acids, corrosive items, asbestos, ammunition, firearms, narcotics, paint, chemicals, and biological waste. These types of items require special handling and disposal to avoid contamination of persons or property.
While some canned food can be stored in storage units, perishables cannot. Perishable items include cereals, animal products (even though they are sealed), farm produce and fruits. These things can spoil and attract pests or worse, release an awful odor. It’s prohibited to store living animals in these units. In fact, it’s illegal and can result in hefty penalties. Animals have rights too, just like people. Locking up any living creature in a unit is cruel.
If illegal items are found or suspected to be in your unit, the facility manager or supervisor will alert authorities. Illegal items include drugs, improperly obtained firearms, and ammunition among others. It also includes stolen items of any type. Being caught with illegal items attracts fines and jail time.
Other less common items that cannot be stored in most self-storage units are medical/pharmaceutical supplies or equipment, anything radioactive, and construction equipment. It is also recommended that scented items not be stored in self-storage units. Strong scents attract mice and rats. Anything that gives off a strong smell should be wrapped airtight in plastic.
There are also items that should not be stored in a self-storage unit unless the unit is temperature and humidity controlled. These items would be anything that would be damaged by extreme heat or cold or molds.
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