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What Not to Store in a Storage Unit: 6 Prohibited Items

Posted on: March 9, 2018 | by: Lighthouse Self Storage February 25, 2019

A woman holds her pet snake as an example of what not to store in a self storage unit.

When researching a storage unit, you most likely found posts on posts about how to store various items. Mattresses, appliances, electronics… you name it. But, what about more unconventional items? How will you know what you’re allowed — and not allowed — to store in a storage unit? Well, we’ve got you covered. In this post, you will find what items should not be stored in your storage unit.

6 Items Not Allowed in a Storage Unit

While there are far more items that are allowed to be stored in a storage unit than are prohibited, it is still smart to know which items should not be stored in a storage unit.

1. Can I Store Animals in a Storage Unit?

For many obvious reasons, you should never store animals in a storage unit. This is not only dangerous and cruel to the animal, it is also against the law. Plus, the pet food can attract an array of unwelcome pests that you do not want to inhabit your storage unit.

2. Can I Store Wet Items in a Storage Unit?

Storing wet items in a storage unit is basically asking for an infestation of mold and mildew. Before storing any item, ensure it is completely dry. It is never a bad idea to leave items in a dry location to air out before storage.

3. Can I Store Stolen Items in a Storage Unit?

This should be common sense, but a storage unit is never a good place to store stolen items. If an item stored in a storage unit is found to be stolen, Lighthouse Self Storage is not responsible for that item, and police can easily get a warrant to search your unit.

4. Can I Store Food in a Storage Unit?

Many people think that a storage unit is a smart place to store their zombie apocalypse survival kit, that is not the case. Storing food in a storage unit will attract pests and could result in an infestation. Sorry, doomsday preppers, but you’re better off storing your supplies elsewhere!

5. Can I Store Dangerous Materials in a Storage Unit?

Any items that are flammable, combustible, toxic or hazardous should not be stored in a storage unit. This creates a safety concern for you and those around you. The last thing you want is your storage unit to cause personal injury or property damage to the tenants around you.

6. Can I Store Weapons in a Storage Unit?

Going along with dangerous materials, it is important to never store weapons in a storage unit. Even a climate controlled storage unit cannot create an environment safe for the storage of weapons. Your best bet is to invest in a quality gun locker and keep your weapons locked inside when you aren’t using them.

Lighthouse Self Storage has Storage Units in Florida and California

For all of the items that are allowed to be stored in a self storage unit, Lighthouse Self Storage has your storage needs covered. Many of our self storage facilities have storage units that will control the climate, perfect for the storage of appliances and more sensitive items. Do you have questions regarding the items you’re allowed to store in a storage unit? Contact us today!

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