Navigating Storage: A Comprehensive Guide on What to Avoid

When it comes to navigating storage, the list of what not to store is extensive, and avoiding common pitfalls is essential. One prevalent mistake involves forgetting about certain items, like that old refrigerator inherited from Uncle Tom. Whisking it away to storage without proper consideration may make the “out of sight, out of mind” saying ring true, resulting in a fridge filled with mouldy surprises.

What to Not Keep in Storage: Absolute No-No’s

Certain items are off-limits in most UK storage facilities due to legal and safety concerns. These include:

  1. Illegal substances:
    • Drugs and contraband are strictly prohibited; storing them could lead to legal consequences.
  2. Stolen goods:
    • Storing stolen property is illegal and may result in confiscation by the police.
  3. Toxic chemicals:
    • Storage facilities don’t permit the storage of toxic or flammable chemicals for the safety of all tenants and staff.
  4. Hazardous materials:
    • Flammable, corrosive, or poisonous items, including gasoline and cleaning supplies, are not allowed.
  5. Explosives:
    • Fireworks, ammunition, and dynamite are strictly prohibited for obvious safety reasons.
  6. Living creatures:
    • Animals, even temporary pets, cannot be stored in storage units. This includes fish, reptiles, mammals, and birds.

Avoiding Potential Messes

When navigating storage, certain items prone to leaking or staining cautiously. These include:

  • Ink cartridges
  • Cleaning fluids
  • Oil
  • Nail polish remover

Storing such items correctly is crucial to prevent messy surprises when accessing your storage unit.

A Bit of Shock and Horror!

While some exclusions are included for shock value, it’s essential to highlight that storing human beings or remains in a storage facility is not allowed – a fact reinforced by bizarre incidents in the past.

For instance, in 2014, people discovered that Massachusetts funeral director Joseph O’Donnell was keeping cremated remains and dead bodies in his storage unit. While an extreme example, it underscores the importance of knowing what not to keep in storage.

If you’re ever uncertain about what is permissible in your storage unit, Turton’s Removal and Storage is here to help. Contact us for a friendly chat before attempting to store anything questionable.
As storage experts, we have a deep understanding of the business, ensuring a hassle-free storage experience. Better safe than sorry!

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