What NOT to Store in Self-Storage


Self storage facilities often have a set of guidelines that all clients must adhere to in order to ensure the safety of the facility and of others’ belongings. Here is a basic set of guidelines for most storage facilities:

Flammable or Combustible Materials

The reason for this is obvious – these types of materials will cause very real danger to the entire facility and personnel, not to mention your own stored items if there is an accident. The list of restrictions includes gas, fuel, fireworks etc. You’ll generally find, therefore, that you’ll be asked to empty all fuel tanks, even down to your lawnmower, before placing these items in self-storage.

Animals or Animal Products

Strange as it may seem, people have in the past attempted to ‘store’ their pets in self-storage, as they believe they can access them for feeding and care as necessary. This is quite obviously cruel and could result in prosecution. Animal products are also not allowed in self-storage, as they will attract vermin.

Perishable Foodstuffs

If you’re looking to store the contents of your house in self-storage between moves for example, it would seem to make sense just to box up the contents of your kitchen cupboards and stick them in there too. This might be fine for cans but there are restrictions on perishable foods, as they will attract vermin

Illegal or Stolen Goods

As you might expect no reputable self-storage provider will allow you to store illegal or stolen goods on their premises.


Some self-storage providers will allow you to store firearms on site and some will refuse. If they do allow you to place firearms in storage, you will have to follow the facility restrictions about securing the item(s).

Jewelry and Valuables

Not all self-storage providers will allow you to store items such as valuable jewelry, coins and precious metals etc. Many will but you may have to agree to certain restrictions or need to show proof of specific item insurance.

Hazardous Materials

Self-storage facilities will not allow the storage of hazardous, toxic or chemical materials on site as they can cause very real damage if they spill or if there is a fire.

MiniStorage has over three decades of experience in the industry with more than 30 locations spread throughout Southern California. We have a vast array of solutions for all your storage needs, and there is no doubt we are the storage solution for you.

Our Storage Consultants are trained to provide you with the utmost in professionalism and customer service. We pride ourselves on keeping clean, safe, and convenient facilities to serve all your needs. Whether you need storage for your household items or your business, you can be sure we have the solution.

Visit www.MiniStorage.net for more details.

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