There are always seems to be stories in the news about fires at self storage facilities, but in reality, self storage facility fires are not very common. Facility fires offer many challenges to renters. Renters loose personal property and belongings that can be personally or monetarily valuable. Self storage facilities fires can be averted with the proper prevention measures by both the facility management and by the renters.
Storage facilities built with fire resistant materials such as concrete blocks and metal are less of a fire hazard than wood building materials. Storage facilities should have a working sprinkler system, smoke detectors and fire alarms throughout the facility. These should be monitored as part of a facility’s video surveillance security system. Fires at self storage facilities are least likely to happen when the managers and staff have been properly trained in fire prevention measures. Managers should diligently enforce the non-smoking rules at their facilities.
Fire Prevention for Self Storage Customers
As a renter of a self storage unit, it is very important to follow the fire safety guidelines that are provided by your storage facility. Properly load and stack items in your storage unit. Do not over stuff the storage unit with your belongings. Leave space for airflow as well as an aisle for easier access to the belongings. For additional protection from fire, store important documents or valuables in fire-proof boxes. Do not store flammable liquids such as gasoline, alcohol, paint or chemicals. When storing a lawn mower or other power equipment, drain the gasoline before storage. Do not store fireworks, fertilizers or aerosol cans.
Self storage tenants should alert facility management if they see other tenants breaking the rules and guidelines of the facility. Tenants should also let the management know if they see any damaged exit lights, cluttered walkways and electrical outlets that might need to be fixed. Most of all, it is the tenant’s responsibility to get insurance to cover their items while in storage. Check with home owner insurance to see if items in storage are covered in the policy. If not, then purchase tenant insurance that is provided by the facility for an additional charge each month. It will give you additional peace-of-mind you’re your belongings are covered while in storage. Storage operators do not have fire insurance for client’s belongings.
Self storage operators, managers and tenants all can work together to make sure that a self storage facility is following fire prevention rules and regulations. The most important thing is to pay attention to your surroundings and let others know if there could be a hazard.