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What’s Safe & Not Safe For Storage?

Have you recently invested in a portable storage container? Whether you need room for an event, are preparing for a remodel, or are simply running out of space in your home, renting one of these units can be extremely beneficial on multiple levels. That being said, it is important to ensure you are storing safely. Learn more about this below.

Not Safe: Hazardous Or Flammable Materialspacked mobile attic storage unit in front of white house

There is a long list of materials and products that are considered hazardous and could cause some risks if left unattended in a storage container. Anything flammable, toxic, corrosive, or potentially explosive should not be stored. This includes, but is not limited to, ammunition, car batteries, paint thinners, cleaning supplies, bleach, pesticides, and more.

If you are concerned about the safety of storing an item, be sure to do your research and review lists of items that could cause threats.

Not Safe: Perishables Items

Anything perishable should not be kept in storage. This would include any food that should be refrigerated or frozen, as well as any fresh produce. Meats, fruits, vegetables, dairy products, and even pet food can attract unwanted pests or trigger mold growth. You will also want to be cautious when storing a refrigerator. Be sure to clean it out, unplug it, and to let it sufficiently dry before putting it into your storage unit.

Perishable items would also include anything living, such as pets or plants.

Safe: Canned Goods

Now, many foods are not safe to store, but most canned goods are fine to stash away for a while. These items have a long shelf life. They are sealed up tight enough that no bugs or animals would be attracted to the smell.

Safe: Construction & Landscaping Tools

Do you have a lot of power tools, construction materials, or plumbing supplies that you simply have no extra room for? Don’t start constructing that backyard shed just yet. Rather, invest in a unit that you can safely store these items in until you need them again down the line. Most items along these lines are perfectly safe to store.

Not Safe: Personal Information & Sentimental Items

If you have birth certificates, car titles, school records, photo albums, or sentimental items, keep them safe at home. If something would happen to them, these items are hard (or sometimes impossible) to replace and could put your identity at risk.

Along with these, keep any expensive jewelry or family heirlooms close by, as well. We don’t recommend trusting others to handle or secure items that are close to your heart.

Any Questions?

If you have any questions about what is safe to store and what is not, reach out today. We would be happy to help you out every step of the way, and we can ensure you are storing as safely as possible. The Mobile Attic has always got your back!

What Not To Throw In Your Dumpster Rental

The Mobile Attic is all about making your next move, event, or renovation a breeze! That’s why we have added dumpster rentals to our list of services. Say good-bye to scheduling various pick-up times with multiple companies. We are your one-stop shop for everything.

Utilize our portable storage units with ease and have us drop off a dumpster at the same time. Whenever you are ready for us to pick them up, just give us a call! We will send someone your way. We can work with your schedule, adjust time frames, and we even rent our units out on a month-to-month basis. So, making payments is effortless. The whole process has never been easier!

Yet, with dumpster rentals comes some precautions. To ensure the safety of our team and keep our units standing strong, we ask that you not throw the following items in your dumpster unit.


When it comes to hazardous chemicals, knowing what is safe to throw away and what isn’t can be a challenge. Most cleaning supplies, for instance, are full of dangerous toxins and chemicals that are not safe to throw away. This goes for many lawn-care products, as well as batteries, aerosol cans, paint thinners, solvents, and countless other times. Check labels and research any item you are unsure about before tossing it in the dumpster.


Any type of electronics, such as computers, televisions, cameras, phones, chargers, and similar items should never be tossed in the trash. These all contain really dangerous elements that are super harmful for the environment, when not properly disposed of. There are many options out there, as far as recycling these products in a safe, useful, and responsible way, so definitely turn to one of these instead of tossing them out.


If you have some old appliances, such as refrigerators, washing machines, stoves, or more, that you needing to get rid of, you will have to either donate them or find a proper facility that will recycle them. These items contain some harmful substances that should not be tossed in your local dump.


Tires can be hazardous in many ways and should never be disposed of in your dumpster rental. Luckily, these are typically easy to get rid of or donate. Many people seek out old tires for home projects, so try putting out an ad online to see who may want yours! Otherwise, most car dealers or tire service centers will take them and recycle them properly.

If you still have questions about what is okay to toss in your rental and what is not, feel free to give us a call! We are more than happy to answer your questions and will be glad to assist you in any way that we can. Thanks for choosing The Mobile Attic for all of your storage and disposal needs!