Restricted Items – what can you store….
List of Forbidden Items to Store in a Self-Storage Unit
Just the same as any other industry the world of self-storage has its own set of rules about what you can and cannot store within a unit. Luckily, the list of things that you can’t store is much shorter than the list that you can. That’s why we have complied a concise lists of some of the few things that are not permitted to be stored under any circumstance in a storage unit.
No perishable foods or materials
Just think if you were to store a load of fresh meat in a container it would quickly go off and start to smell. Organic produce will give off a horrendous smell when it starts to rot and will put off and bother other self-storage customers. Due to the discomfort it would causing others, for this reason food and perishable goods are not allowed.
You cannot store gas canisters or any flammable items
Any respectable storage company would not allow a customer to store gas bottles or anything obviously flammable because it contains dangerous chemicals. However, there are alternative facilities that you will be able to use and most organisations will be happy to put you into contact with them if they don’t have any themselves.
You cannot store dangerous chemicals
If you have a vat of sulphuric acid for your furniture stripping business, storage companies won’t want it in their premises because it simply doesn’t comply with health and safety.
You cannot put live, dead or even just resting animals into storage
This is one of those restricted items that is extremely rare to see, it almost never happens but never-the-less it must be address as it is one of the items on the list. Under no circumstances can you put live animals into a self-storage centre and if you are found doing so, questions will be asked and actions taken.
The storage of fireworks is a huge no-no. Modern storage facilities are very safe when it comes to risk of fire, but they wouldn’t accept fireworks. It is a hazard to others in case of accidently ignition and can potential cause copious amounts of damage.
You cannot put illegal items into self-storage
Drugs are illegal and therefore under no circumstance can they be put into self-storage. Most staff at good storage centres are trained to keep an eye out for illegal items and would not hesitate to call the police should they think their premises were being used for illegal purposes.
You will not be able to put something into storage that is stolen
Anything that has been stolen is not permitted to be kept in a self-storage unit. If a stolen item is found, the authorities will be call and the owner of the unit will be persecuted.
If you do have any of these items that you want storing, it would still be worth giving the self-storage company a call because it is more than likely that they will know or be able to put you in contact with someone who has the facilities to be able to store it.Back to blog page