Ever find yourself wondering if you can store fireworks in your newly rented storage unit? You may haven’t, but someone has. And that’s why there are rules about what can and can’t be stored in our Dallas storage facility. You might say to yourself that if you’re paying for the unit, you can store what you want. However, the rules that are in place are there for a reason, like all good rules are. We want to keep our facility safe and we definitely want to keep your belongings safe as well as what is inside other surrounding units. We are proud of our storage building and it’s security so help us maintain the safety by refraining from storing explosives.
Don’t Store These Items in Your Unit
- Perishables. Not storing milk or bread might be obvious, but there are other perishable items that aren’t as clear. Items such as canned goods or pet food, even though they may still be good after a few months, shouldn’t be used, given away, or thrown out before locking the door. Bags of food especially should be avoided because of pests that could smell the contents and choose to make your dog’s food a home. This not only poses a threat to your belongings but could lead to an infestation throughout the complex. When mold and bacteria begin to grow in the Dallas heat, you’ll really need to get a new bag of pet food then.
- Live/Dead Animals. Many households keep a storage unit for larger items while they continue living in their home. When vacation time comes around, it’s not ok to leave your dog, cat, turtle, fish, or any species of animal in your unit. Even under the best of circumstances, the air in a storage unit is stale and hot, it’s dark, unsafe, and illegal. Avoid keeping your pet in a space that you wouldn’t feel comfortable yourself for a long period of time. In addition to storing pets being cruel, they could also attract insects, vermin, mold, and disease. Not something you want near your clothes.
- Stolen Property. If you don’t own the 60-inch flat screen, it can’t be stored in your unit. It’s one of those rules of storage that helps the entire facility remain safe and secure. If items in your storage unit have been reported stolen, it could lead to serious trouble with the law.
- Hazardous Material. This is a little trickier because gas is considered hazardous and we gladly admit vehicles onto our property. A hazardous material is anything that could cause damage if it were to spill or opened, such as chemicals, noxious gases, anything toxic or flammable, gasoline, propane tanks, kerosene lamps, fertilizers, paint, or anything containing asbestos. If any of these materials were to catch on fire, it is the owner of the storage unit who is responsible. If you are keeping a vehicle in an outside storage unit, simply drain or empty the vehicle of gas.
- Explosives or Firearms. Examples of this include ammunition, firearms, bombs, or fireworks. Imagine if an explosive went off in a unit next to yours and blew up your belongings. Not a pretty picture, is it? The good news is that if you don’t feel comfortable leaving these items at your home while away, you can contact your local gun shop or shooting range. These facilities offer safe storing options for these items.
- Unregistered Vehicles. Car, truck, boat, RV, trailer, or motorcycle needs to be registered and in working condition in order to be stored at a unit. In addition, the name on the registration needs to match the owner of the storage unit.
Do Store These Items in a Storage Unit
- Registered vehicles. If you have proper documentation and the vehicle is working, it is more than welcome to spend some time with us. You can give us a call to learn more about our vehicle storage and how to keep a vintage car safe from weather.
- Electronics. Your favorite gaming system, computers, and stereo systems can all be stored at our facility. Keep in mind that electronics are temperature sensitive so you’ll be pleased to know that many of our units are climate-controlled. Just be sure to remove all batteries as they are corrosive.
- Appliances. Everything from the refrigerator to the blender can be kept in a unit. Be sure to clean them thoroughly so you aren’t surprised with mold or bacteria growing on the inside of your microwave.
- Antiques. Antique furniture, art, or even clothes are all safe and welcome at our facility. Check back soon for a post on how to properly store your delicate antiques so they don’t crack or warp over time.
- So much more. Except for the items listed above, you can keep a majority of your belongings. Furniture, toys, clothes, business items, and more.
Overall, most things can safely be stored in a storage unit. The team at our Dallas facility can’t wait to give you a tour of our self-storage units. If you have any questions at all about what is safe to store, please give us a call.