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What Not to Put in Storage: A Quick Guide

Updated: May 15

To ensure the safety of your belongings and the facility itself, avoid storing:

  • Perishables: Food and pet food will spoil, attracting pests and creating unpleasant odors.

  • Living things: Plants require sunlight and water, and storing them can lead to deterioration.

  • Hazardous materials: Flammable chemicals, combustibles, and toxic materials pose a safety risk.

  • Controlled substances: Drugs are illegal to store in a non-secure environment.

While our serviced storage offers a convenient solution for housing your belongings, there are certain items that should never find their way into storage.

Whether it's due to safety concerns, legal restrictions, or the risk of damage to the rest of your items, it's essential to know what items are better left out. Let's dive into a quick guide on what not to put in storage.

1. Perishable Items

Food items, or anything perishable should never be stored in a storage unit, regardless of how long to plan to store your items for. Not only do they pose health risks, but they can attract pests and create a breeding ground for mould, bugs  and unpleasant smells.

2. Hazardous Materials

You need to avoid storing anything classified as hazardous or flammable. This includes gasoline, propane tanks, chemicals, and any materials that could potentially cause harm or damage.

3. Illegal Items

Storing illegal items is not only against the law but can also result in serious consequences. Be aware of any items that are prohibited by law or regulations in your area.

4. Pets

Storage units are not suitable environments for living beings. Pets, whether alive or deceased, should never be placed in storage units. It's both inhumane and against all storage facility policies.

5. Sensitive Documents

Documents containing personal information, such as passports, legal documents cards, or financial records, should be kept in a secure place at home. In the event of an emergency, you'll want quick access to these important papers.

It’s also prudent to avoid putting these documents in storage if you’re also storing dangerous or perishable items that could ruin these documents.

6. Plants

Living plants require sunlight, water, and care. Storage units lack the necessary conditions for plants to survive, and storing them can lead to their deterioration. Don’t be surprised if your plants die quickly and could help spoil other items in your storage unit.

7. Weapons and Ammunition

Storage units are not the place for firearms, ammunition, or explosive materials. Aside from legal implications, the conditions of a storage unit are not suitable for these items which could lead to some very dangerous situations for storage unit staff and users.

8. Medications

Prescription or over-the-counter medications should not be stored in units that are not climate-controlled. Depending on the type of storage unit you use, environmental factors such as extreme temperatures can affect the effectiveness of medications.

Knowing what not to put in storage is just as crucial as understanding what items are suitable for this space. By avoiding perishable items, hazardous materials, valuables, and other prohibited items, you can ensure a safer, more compliant, and efficient use of your storage unit.

For more information, talk to our friendly team of storage experts here at Denix Moving today, who can help you with specific guidelines and restrictions to ensure a hassle-free storage experience.

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