A Storage Unit Guide: What Things Can You Not Store Inside?

Josie Jefferson 2016-11-12 10:00:00

There are some pretty obvious things you shouldn’t store in a storage unit, like dead bodies and your pot stash. Those things are illegal. But there are also some less obvious things you shouldn’t keep in self-storage. Here’s a list to help you determine if those things you want to out away can be kept in a storage unit.

Things That Can Attract Pests

It should be obvious that you wouldn’t want to store food that would attract animals and bugs, but there are other things you shouldn’t store, like bird seed, cork boards (pests are attracted to its scent), dry food like rice and beans in bags, water jugs, banana boxes, foam, paper, scented candles, animal food, taxidermy, and plastic grocery bags.

Animals (dead or alive)

You should not store any kind of live animal in a storage unit. Likewise, you should not use a storage unit as an animal mill or storage space for exotic animals. Further, you should not store any dead animals that you hunted but haven’t yet had butchered or prepared for taxidermy, since these will attract pests.

Uninsured and Unregistered Vehicles

Storage facilities don’t provide you with insurance for your vehicles. Any vehicle you want to store must be registered. The storage facility may check with the ministry to make sure the vehicle is registered. Keep your own insurance on any vehicles you have in storage.

Flammable and Combustible Items

Anything that is at risk of catching fire or exploding should not be kept in your storage unit. This includes things like gasoline, propane tanks, jerry cans, oil, paint, explosives, fertilizer, kerosene lamps, asbestos or anything that contains asbestos, fireworks, and corrosive waste.


No, really. You can’t live in a storage unit. You can read an interesting discussion on Quora about whether it is legal to live inside a storage unit.

Anything that Needs Electricity or Batteries

You shouldn’t store anything that takes electricity or batteries because the extreme temperatures can have an impact on their overall quality. However, if you have a temperature controlled storage unit, you can certainly store these things. If you do not have a temperature controlled unit and decide to take the risk, let electronics sit for at least half an hour at normal room temperature before you try to plug them in or turn them on.


Unless you’re a pharmaceutical rep, you cannot store drugs of any kind. If you are a rep, you can store samples, but have to let site management know about it. Otherwise, you can not and should not store prescription medications. Obviously, illegal drugs are illegal and cannot be run from storage units.

Stolen Items

Again, this is something that shouldn’t have to be said: anything that doesn’t belong to you or wasn’t consented to be borrowed is considered illegal to have in your possession and cannot be kept in a storage unit. If police produce a search warrant, the storage facility will follow the law and allow officers into the unit in question. To prevent the possibility of theft, you should choose a storage unit with a strong security system, such as the Oakville storage units at Storage City.

Hazardous Material

Any hazardous material needs to be stored according to regulations and temperature. Storage facilities cannot guarantee that regulations can be met and therefore hazardous materials should not be stored. Hazardous materials could leak from their containers and cause health risks and environmental damage. Such materials include pesticides, roofing tar, cleaning products, insecticides, paint/paint thinner/paint removers, bleach, and ammonia.


There are specific laws regarding the storage of firearms and a storage facility is not a permitted location for storage. According to the CFO, you can store firearms only at the residence of the person who has the license, a police station, or in a licensed business.

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