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Things Not to Keep in Your Storage Unit

Self storage units are incredibly convenient for a variety of people, whether they are moving, using storage for business purposes, or just need to some extra storage space for their home. However, you can’t just go about putting anything that you want into a storage unit. There are a handful of things that not only aren’t recommended to put in your storage unit, but are actually not allowed at most self storage companies, such as Apex Storage. Here are some examples of these items…

Pets, and other living things

First of all, one thing that you should never use your storage unit for is a place to keep pets. This might sound odd, but there are people who try to house their animal in a storage unit. This is a horrible idea, as it is cruel to the pet. As a matter of fact, it is against the law. If you need to leave your pet somewhere for a while, then leave it with a friend or family member, or else hire a pet sitter.

Hazardous or flammable materials

This is an important one, and one that is too often broken. Leaving flammable or hazardous materials in your storage unit can be incredibly dangerous. Examples of this might be illegal drugs, biological waste, toxic waste, fertilizers, oil, and gasoline. Obviously, flammable materials increase the risks of a fire spreading throughout the rest of the storage facility, which would be destructive to not only that person’s property, but every other patron’s, as well.


This is another one that might come as a bit of a shock, but there’s plenty of times where people have left perishable food items in their storage unit. Sometimes, this happens when a family is moving, and some food items get stored in the rush of the rest of the moving process. This causes several problems, though. One, perishable food will rot and cause foul odors. And two, insects, rodents, and other pests will be drawn to that storage unit, which causes pest problems for everyone in the facility.

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