Things You Can’t Keep in Storage Units

Close up of hazard label warnings including a flammable warning

When you’re on the move or needing some additional space to store your belongings, a storage unit is one of the best options around. Though a unit may have the perfect amount of space to store everything that you need, there are certain items that you simply can’t store in a storage unit. The team at EZ Storage® wanted to take today to go over a few of those items so that you are fully aware of the items that you can’t bring into your Pittsburgh storage unit. 

Unregistered Vehicles

To the surprise of many, you can’t have any vehicles that are not registered, insured, or inoperable stored in your unit. These rules aren’t just for cars, but all vehicles including RVs, boats, trailers, motorcycles, cars, and the like. So, if you have a car that you’ve been meaning to work on but you don’t have any space to get the job done, you want to make sure that you take some time to get it, at the very least, running before you get it moved to the storage unit.

If the vehicle that you need stored does run, you then want to get it registered and insured. Given that the vehicle will be sitting in a storage unit, there’s no need to go overboard with insurance coverage, all that is required is the most basic insurance coverage in order for it to be stored within a unit. If you can check all of these boxes, it’s completely fine to store a vehicle in a storage unit.


Firearms are one of the items that you’re most definitely not going to want to store in your unit. Though rules and regulations will vary from one storage unit to the next, it’s better to avoid storing guns and ammunition in a unit at all. There are various reasons that these items are not great items for storage, and even in the instance that a storage company allows firearms within the units, extreme security measures need to be taken. All in all, it’s better to avoid storing these items altogether.

Flammable Items

For good reason, storage units don’t allow flammable items to be stored in their units. When you have flammable items in a small storage unit, and an accident does happen, the size of the fire can increase significantly. To avoid this from being the case within your storage unit, it’s always good to go through your belongings and make sure that you don’t have anything flammable. Rather, keep these items and store them in your house or in your garage. A few of the most common items that you’re going to want to look out for are:

  • Aerosols
  • Acid
  • Gasoline
  • Lighter Fluid
  • Fertilizer
  • Car Batteries
  • Matches
  • Nail Polish/Nail Polish Remover
  • Liquid Bleach
  • Pool Chemicals
  • Batteries
  • Ammonia
  • Propane Tanks
  • Cleaning Fluids

These items are extremely dangerous to store in a small space because they are so flammable, so if come across any of these items, set them aside and find an alternative solution for storing them.

Perishable Items

Storage units are not an ideal place to keep perishable items primarily because these units aren’t going to have temperature control, making it impossible to cater to the needs of these items. If you are looking for a place where you can store perishable items, it’s good to do some extra research to find a place that is specifically designed for storing perishable items. These types of storage units will offer temperature control so that your perishable items are better maintained.

Another reason that you don’t want to store perishable items in a storage unit is that it increases the chances of pests. While the units at EZ Storage® are clean and we don’t have any pest problems, storing food is most certainly a way to attract pests.

Contact EZ Storage® Today

When you’re looking for a place to store your belongings, you can always count on EZ Storage® in Pittsburg! For years we have provided high-quality storage units to residents in the area. Give us a call today with any questions that you have about items you can or can’t store in your unit or to receive a quote on the size of the unit that you’re considering. Our team is always happy to help!