Items You Should Not Store In Self Storage

Self storage offers different size units for all kinds of unique storage needs and items. But self storage facilities have restrictions too on what is appropriate for storage on their premises because some items can pose a risk to the safety of the facility, staff, tenants and their goods. Whether for business or personal purposes, your storage unit provides the extra space needed for many different types of items but do look up the items allowed on premises before signing the lease. Follow the rules and restrictions and as a general rule, do not store any item that may be considered ‘dangerous.’ But even some everyday items can be unsafe for storage, so audit your belongings before organizing it for storage. Ask the facility manager for a list of prohibited items onsite but here is a list of items that are not permitted for storage at most self storage units-

Commonly Prohibited Items in Storage

Corrosive, Flammable, combustible, explosive, toxic items

Do not even think of storing materials and liquids considered inherently dangerous, which commonly include gasoline, propane tanks, acid, fertilizers, lamp and motor oil, grease, corrosives, chemicals, toxic or biological waste, narcotics and paint. Any products that contain asbestos or asbestos are best not stored in self storage.


Avoid storing fireworks at self storage because in the eventuality of any fire at your storage facility, all the fireworks will increase the danger for the facility and the fire department. Additionally, your 4th of July stash of mortars and Roman candles may fizzle out from even a little bit of moisture in the storage unit.

Guns and other weapons:

Laws are different in every state but it is not advisable to store any loaded weapons in your unit. Make sure your facility allows storage of firearms before bringing them on to the site and if allowed, ensure you store weapons in a suitable safe. Always keep the ammo separate from the firearm as well.

Pets, plants, humans and any other living beings:

You cannot store or live in storage units and neither can your pets. Unbelievably, some people do try to live in storage units. As for your plants, they will surely die in a dark, dry storage space and the moisture in the plant and pot itself could lead to mildew and mold growth, as well as bad odor in your unit.

Perishable Food:

Any food that is improperly packaged or perishable food items for both humans and animals including meats, produce, grains and similar foods should not be stored in your storage locker, as it will attract a host of pests. Non-perishable items, such as canned foods, are typically permitted in storage units, but there could still be potential for leaks, and sensitivity to extreme temperatures.

Tires & Vehicles

Storing registered, insured vehicles is generally acceptable, but many facilities will not let you store more than four tires in your self-storage unit because of the cost to dispose of them.

Anything Illegal or Stolen:

Do not try to store stolen goods or illegal items in a storage facility. There have been incidents of managers or other tenants calling in law enforcement after witnessing illegal activity at a storage facility.

Safety First

It is best to use common sense when deciding on what to store and what to avoid storing in your self-storage unit. Review your lease or contract in detail to understand facility occupancy policies before signing on to a self storage facility. If you still have doubts, go over the state or local regulations and speak to your facility manager for confirmation on what is permitted.

Call the Aurora self-storage experts, Neighborhood Self Storage at (303) 647-5374, for further information on items you can or cannot store in self storage units. Drive in to get a tour of the self storage facility today!


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