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Commonly Prohibited Items in Self Storage

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Storing your items before you move, during your move or after you move is a great solution for temporarily holding your belongings, but please note that not all items are allowed in self storage. Basically: think first before moving something that could be potentially hazardous.

Find self storage

The first step toward using self storage is to actually find self storage in your area.

To accomplish this task, all you have to do is fill out this form to begin receiving free quotes from self storage companies in your area. It couldn't be easier to store your belongings.

Ask about storage policies

Once you have procured a storage unit or found a company you plan to use in the future, ask about their policies pertaining to their units, including what items (such as the ones listed below) are prohibited.

Since every storage facility is different, it's important you ask what specific items are prohibited from being stored on the premises.

TIP: Your moving company may also offer storage options for your belongings. When booking your move, make sure you look into self storage with your moving company first as this route may be cheaper.

Commonly prohibited items

While policies vary from storage company to storage company, it is generally frowned upon to store the following:
  • Illegal and stolen items (storage facilities will not be held responsible for illegal items brought in without their knowledge)
  • Medical and pharmaceutical supplies and medical equipment
  • Perishable and non-perishable food and animal products (storing these can attract pests)
  • Plants and animals, alive or dead (may lead to bugs)
  • Combustible, flammable, hazardous or toxic materials
    • Gasoline
    • Compressed or bottled gas like propane
    • Kerosene, lamp and motor oil
    • Acid
    • Grease
    • Corrosives
    • Paint, varnish and paint thinner
    • Fertilizer
    • Pool chemicals
    • Cleaning fluids and detergent
    • Nail polish and nail polish remover
    • Lighter fluid
    • Car batteries
    • Matches
    • Ammunition, explosives, weapons or fireworks
    • Toxic or biological waste
    • Radioactive materials
    • Chemistry sets
    • Batteries, but especially car batteries
    • Asbestos or products containing asbestos
  • Construction materials and construction equipment
  • Unregistered or non-functioning vehicles (some units limit the number of tires you can store)
  • Items with strong smells or odours (for example: mothballs)
  • Appliances which you keep charged and running inside the unit (appliances that you do not plug in are fine and storage of them is permitted)
  • Living in your storage unit with your belongings is also extremely frowned upon

Disposing of prohibited items

Since these items are not allowed in your storage unit (and most likely are not allowed on your moving truck either according to the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act), it's important to dispose of them properly ahead of time.
  • Research whether or not you are able to recycle the particular item in a safe manner
  • Look into your local landfills rules for how to get rid of hazardous items within your district's guidelines
  • Transport non-allowable goods inside your own vehicle (with caution)
    • Potentially hazardous, flammable or toxic items should of course not be transported and instead must be trashed or recycled as previously recommended

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on September 30, 2014

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