Four Things You Never Want to Put Into Storage

October 13, 2017

The world has been changing in the past few years. More people are downsizing into tiny homes. Others start freelancing and traveling. Many new graduates find themselves moving back home to live with their parents, and some parents see themselves moving in with their adult children. As lifestyles change in this way, the need for storage facilities has grown. If you are in the market for a storage unit, there are a few things you want to avoid putting into storage.


This one may seem obvious, but it isn’t always. Even in a climate control unit, you should refrain from storing food. Not only will it spoil but it can attract rodents and other pests. You don’t want to open your storage unit to smell rotten food and to find rodents have chewed through your items.

Anything Living or Dead  

It is illegal to leave a live animal in a storage facility. If you have a weekend trip or are going out of town overnight, make arrangements for a pet sitter but do not leave them in your storage facility. Dead animals also are not allowed in storage facilities as they attract pests and other vermin. They also can increase the risk of mold and disease. 

Combustible, Flammable or Hazardous Materials

Anything that could be combustible should not be put in storage. A power outage that knocks out the air conditioning, fire, a rodent making its way to your boxes, or even a faulty trigger on a gun could lead to dangerous outcomes.

Things in this category to consider:

  • Guns
  • Ammunition
  • Gasoline
  • Fireworks
  • Gas
  • Oil


Wine can be extremely sensitive to changes in temperature. Extreme temperatures or quick changes can cause spoilage. Wine needs to be stored in a controlled environment. Even climate controlled storage units may not be ideal for storing wine. The ideal temperature for storing wine is 45 to 65 degrees Fahrenheit. The rules for storing wine are particular and depend on the type of wine. 

If you have specific questions about self-storage safety, please contact the experts at Noah’s Ark. We provide self-storage units to customers in Buda, Bulverde, Converse, and San Antonio, Texas and Pensacola, Florida. Book your unit today. 

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