What NOT to put into Self Storage Kensington (or anywhere else) …

Well, this is an interesting one!  When you’re thinking about storing items from your Kensington home, and wondering what you can and can’t store, the obvious place to start is here:

  • blasting caps
  • detonators and fuses
  • imitation explosive devices (including replica or model guns)
  • mines, grenades, and other explosive military items
  • fireworks and pyrotechnics
  • smoke canisters
  • smoke cartridges
  • dynamite
  • gunpowder
  • plastic explosives (including black powder and percussion caps)
  • flares
  • hand grenades
  • oxidisers and organic peroxides, including bleach and car body repair kits
  • acids and alkalis (for example spillable ‘wet’ batteries)
  • corrosives or bleaching agents (including mercury and chlorine)
  • vehicle batteries and fuel systems
  • self defence or disabling sprays (for example mace, pepper spray)
  • radioactive materials (including medicinal or commercial isotopes)
  • poisons or toxic substances (for example rat poison)
  • biological hazards (for example infected blood, bacteria, viruses)
  • materials that could spontaneously combust (burst into flames)
  • fire extinguishers

These are all taken from the ‘Hand luggage restrictions at UK airports’ section on the GOV.UK website.

As it happens we’re supremely confident that common sense will apply, and no-one would try to put this kind of stuff into personal storage.  So with that in mind, let’s look at the slightly less obvious things we should avoid …

Anything illegal 

  • anything stolen – for obvious reasons
  • drugs and drug-related paraphernalia

 Anything inherently dangerous or “could become unpleasant”

As a general rule, anything that is considered “inherently dangerous” should not be put into personal storage.  Most of the list above is fairly obvious, but there are others too.  We should add “could become unpleasant” to the list!

  • perishable foods and animal products.  Canned food may be stored, but perishable food products such as meats, pet foods, dairy produce etc. shouldn’t be – they will quickly spoil and attract pests (quite apart from the smell!)
  • dead animals
  • plants (alive or dead)

And finally

There are some things that you could put into storage, but it would be inadvisable.  For example, wet items (e.g. clothes that haven’t dried completely) could lead to mildew, mould and bacteria – which apart from anything else could quickly cause damage to your items.  Similarly, scented items can attract pests and insects.

If you’re in doubt …

Ask!  It’s as simple as that.  As we say, it’s common sense really, but if you have any doubts at all then there’s probably a very good reason why … and we’ll be able to advise you accordingly.

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