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5 Items You Should Never Store in Your Storage Unit

July 22, 2015

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The beauty of a storage unit is having some extra or temporary space to place things that you just don’t have the room for at your home. Unfortunately, not everything is fit to be stored in a storage unit.

You should always ask a manager what is not allowed in their storage facility before you begin filling your own storage unit with your belongings.

The following are some things you are better off not storing in your storage unit:


The sunlight-free, dry confines are one of the worst places you could ever store a plant. The moisture that potted plants trap in the soil, leaves or stem could also bring mold and mildew, not to mention a horrible odor, into your unit. It is in your best interests to explore other options if you have run out of space for household plants.

Combustible / Flammable / Toxic Materials

Pay attention to the labels of certain chemicals and liquids you are considering keeping in a storage unit – look for warning labels that say things like “toxic” or “hazardous,” as these types of liquids do not belong in a storage unit. Common types of these hazardous materials include:

  • Gasoline
  • Propane
  • Fertilizers
  • Paint
  • Biological waste
  • Acid
  • Grease
  • Corrosives

Loaded Firearms

Always store firearms separate from ammunition in a storage unit. All states have laws regarding the storage of firearms, however, they vary from state to state. Make sure you look into your state’s particular regulations and double check by asking the manager or owner of your storage facility.

Perishable Food Items

The best way to attract bugs and other pests to your storage unit is to store perishable food items in it. Examples of perishable food unfit for a storage unit would be:

  • Meat
  • Produce
  • Grains
  • Poultry
  • Dairy

Perishable food will spoil and cause a host of problems for your and the storage facility.


Didn’t quite get to shoot all the fireworks you bought for this year’s Fourth of July festivities? Well, you better find somewhere else to store the leftover pyrotechnics. Should a fire break out, the presence of a bunch of fireworks brings an entirely different danger to the situation.  Make sure you protect your purchases and play it safe by keeping your fireworks elsewhere.

Local Storage Facility

Always ask the manager or owner about what is not allowed in their storage units. If you are in need of a storage unit in the Madison, AL area, contact U-Lock-It Storage today to find the right unit for you!