Things You Shouldn’t Store In A Self-Storage Container
From renovating to travelling, there are a variety of uses for a self-storage container. But did you know there are restrictions on what can and cant be stored inside? In order to protect not only your belongings, but also the storage facility staff and the facility itself, some items are prohibited from being stored.
Whilst some restricted and prohibited items are clearly common sense, others are not always so obvious. If you are ever in doubt about a specific item, it’s always best to contact your storage facility and double-check with them first.
Below is a quick list of items that you should NOT keep inside a self-storage unit or storage container.
Hazardous or toxic materials
While this might seem obvious, there are some items that you may even realise are hazardous. Anything that contains petrol or gas (including empty gas bottles) are definitely not allowed in storage, as well as some cleaning materials with alcohol content, cleaning solvent, corrosives and paint.
If you have any containers that store petrol, you’ll need to drain the petrol first before placing the container in storage. Oil may be okay to store, but again, it’s always best check to with the facility first.
Fireworks of any kind, or any item that may explode when it comes in contact with spark or fire, are not allowed in storage units. This includes batteries.
Guns and weaponry
Although it might seem like they are would be safe inside a self-storage unit, guns are not allowed to be kept in storage facilities. Accidents can happen, and they may accidentally go off and ignite an explosion.
These are especially dangerous because you may not know if you have already been exposed to them. Never store radioactive materials in self-storage units, as these storage facilities generally do not have the ability to protect personnel within close proximity to a radioactive item.
It is worth emphasizing that you should never place anything perishable inside a self-storage unit that doesn’t have the specialty to handle perishable goods. If you do plan to store perishable goods, then you should seek out a specialty self-storage facility.
Considering storing with PODS?
If you are considering storing your items in a PODS storage container, in addition to the above you must not store any goods that are illegal, stolen, inflammable, explosive, environmentally harmful or that pose a risk to the property of any person. In addition, it is highly recommended to avoid storing items which are irreplaceable, such as currency, jewelry, furs, deeds, paintings, curios, works of art and items of personal sentimental value.
While a car might fit into a large PODS container, motor vehicles of any kind cannot be stored in a PODS storage container. Access into and out of the vehicle is restricted, and we are not able to secure a vehicle within a container. If you do need to store a car, there are companies who specialise in vehicle storage in each state.
When it comes to storing your belongings, be it personal or business, use your common sense and read the Rental Agreement Terms and Conditions; and if ever in doubt, give PODS a call on 1800 467 637 or ask our friendly Customer Service team. We’re here to help you.
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