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Self Storage Safety Tips

self storage safetyWhen you’re storing your belongings away from home, ensuring that they are stored properly for the length time you’re utilizing your storage unit is vital to keep them safe.

With a little pre-planning, your storage unit will be organized, clean and your items will be safe from damage throughout your rental. Most storage facilities include many safety features as well, like security cameras and gate access. Well-maintained facilities, like any Self Storage Specialists location, have proper management in place and are ready with a plan of action should the unthinkable occur.

Safe Storage Tips

There are a few steps you can take on your end when you’re first moving items into a self storage unit that will ensure a safe environment for your belongings:

  • Have a plan. Knowing how to properly pack your storage unit is the first step to keeping your items safe. Organize your unit so that the belongings you’ll need access to are located at the front of the unit. Don’t pack boxes too tightly together to allow for airflow between them as well as a makeshift aisle. A pathway is important so if an accident does occur, emergency personnel will be able to get through the unit with ease. Also, try to avoid stacking boxes all the way to the ceiling so they don’t topple over when you enter your unit.
  • Protect your items. If you’re storing smaller personal items that are valuable, consider purchasing a lockbox to keep them in. Keeping important items as safe as possible from any sort of damage is key no matter where you are storing them.
  • Adhere to the rules. Your self storage facility will have rules regarding what you can and can’t store in your unit, and these rules are created for a reason! Prohibited items generally include hazardous materials like flammable liquids- gasoline, paint or paint thinner, alcohol, lighter fluid, etc. If you’re storing equipment like lawn mowers or other garden equipment, drain them of gasoline before you place them in your unit. Other prohibited items usually include dangerous things like fireworks, chemical cleaning supplies, corrosives, etc. If you aren’t sure about storing an item, ask management. Most storage facilities also do not allow smoking anywhere on the property, either, so make sure to extinguish cigarettes before entering your self storage unit.
  • Report issues to management immediately. If you see other tenants storing items you know are prohibited, make sure you mention it to management. Likewise, if you notice any damage around the premises, like cracked electrical cords, broken lights or blocked exits, management should be made aware of these issues.

Planning for the worst is something no one really wants to spend too much time thinking about. But just taking a few extra steps and being aware of your surroundings can make all the difference.

If you have any questions about storage with Self Storage Specialists, feel free to drop by any of our locations today!

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  1. Stephan Bashkir Posted April 28, 2015 at 8:46 pm | Permalink

    There’s nothing wrong with getting your own security methods for items in your storage unit. Having lock boxes, and other types of security measures is just a smart way to store valuables. By being smart about the way you store things, it’s easy to keep your belongings safe.

  2. Jamarcus Dantley Posted May 19, 2015 at 5:20 pm | Permalink

    My garage has been full of stuff for some time now. I can never seem to find a place to put it or how to get rid of it. I’ve thought about getting a long term storage unit to help with that. I like your tip about following the rules of the facility. It’s something small that can really help protect your items.

  3. Lacey Rockwell Posted June 8, 2015 at 12:42 pm | Permalink

    I really like your first tip, “Have a plan”. My husband and I are moving in with my parents for a couple months, before we head out of the state for school. For those few months, we are going to get a storage unit to keep all our stuff in while we are at my parents. Keeping it organized is going to help moving it into a moving truck so much easier.

  4. Jackie Oliver Posted October 20, 2016 at 6:25 pm | Permalink

    Your point about planning your storage unit ahead of time is very smart. My husband and I have decided to get a storage unit, and I think it would be smart to figure out exactly what size we need, and plan it out before hand. That way, when we move our stuff in, it will all go smoothly.

  5. Ben Allen Posted December 19, 2016 at 5:11 pm | Permalink

    I appreciate the tips on self storage safety. I agree that ensuring you have made your unit more accessible to others and yourself is important, it can make getting your stuff out a lot easier. My mom is getting a storage unit for her stuff while she is in the process of moving, I will be sure to share these tips with her.

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