A self-storage unit may be air-controlled and may be a locked facility, but there are things you shouldn't put in your storage unit. Even if only for a short period of time, some items just don't belong in a storage unit. Read on for a list of things you should never store in a self-storage facility.
Living Animals Or Insects
A self-storage facility is not the place for anything living to be stored. Even if it's just a temporary stay, anything that is living does not belong in a facility such as this. If you have a pet or insects you keep to feed a pet (or for other reasons) that you don't have a place for, they should be kept elsewhere. Pets can be boarded at a boarding facility, or if you can no longer house your pet they should be taken to a pet shelter. Animals may get out and could cause damage to the facility or cause injury to themselves, and insects may escape and infest the entire storage facility.
If you have anything flammable, such as gasoline, oil, or even paint, it should be stored elsewhere or taken somewhere to be disposed of. Flammable items may easily catch fire and could damage not only your belongings in the facility, but other people's belongings as well. Not to mention, someone could be injured or even killed in the fire. The fumes from these items may also be harmful to someone's health.
Food Or Any Consumables
Anything consumable, such as food or perishable items, should not be stored in a self-storage facility. It could attract pests or insects, which may infest not only your storage unit, but other units as well. You could be held responsible for the fumigation or other pest control costs to get rid of the infestation. Consumable goods may also rot or mold causing foul odors as well.
If you have anything illegal, you shouldn't have them in the first place, but they definitely should not be stored in a self-storage facility. Illegal activity also should never occur in a self-storage facility. You could be arrested and prosecuted, and could also face fines and jail time.
If you are looking to store your belongings in a self-storage facility, be sure to be respectful of the facility's rules and regulations on what can and cannot be stored there. What you store could affect not only your things but other people's belongings as well. For more information, contact a company like Belmont Self Storage.