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things to avoid

Some common household items should not be packed or stored because they are hazardous materials. Common sense and regulations prohibit the storage of certain goods. You alone control access to your storage space.


Keep these tips in mind to ensure that your storage experience complies with safety standards.

prohibited goods

  • Live Animals

  • Explosives

  • Corrosives

  • Flammable Liquids/Goods and Fuels (Ex. Gasoline, Kerosene, Nail Polish Remover)

  • Fuel Tanks

  • Toxic Materials

  • Compressed Gas

  • Items requiring a Controlled Environment

  • Aerosol Products (Regardless of Contents)

  • Ammunition

  • Liquids (Ex. Paints, Varnishes, Solvents, Thinners, Oils)

  • Chemicals and Chemistry Sets

  • Matches and Lighters

  • Cleaning Products and Detergents (Ex. Bleach, Furniture Polish)

  • Flares and Fireworks

  • Fire Extinguishers

  • Perfume and Cologne

  • Heating Agents (Ex. Sterno Ammonia)

  • Ammonium Nitrate Fertilizers

*If you are ever unsure, please ask us about items that are safe for storage.


Please Note: Packing such items risks fire and explosion. Heat from the sun can raise temperatures inside a closed van or storage unit to more than 150 degrees. Even in the middle of winter, heat builds up inside. Many common items, including aerosol hair spray or cleaning products can trigger an explosion or fire that could destroy your possessions.


Never store perishable items, or frozen food in your storage unit. Box dry foods in medium sized cartons after taping any openings closed. Jars should also be taped shut and wrapped, as well as cushioned. Both cans and jars should be packed in the smaller cartons because of their weight.

old packing materials


Old newspaper contains ink that never completely dries. You risk that the ink will come off and stain the items you’re wrapping, possibly permanently. Previously used cardboard boxes, like those available from local markets, may have stains and food residue. This can ruin your goods and attract insects or rodents. Check your boxes carefully prior to storage.

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