Disaster Prep Items You Should Never Keep in Storage
Let’s face it: Disasters happen, whether we’re expecting them or not. While most people choose not to consider personal or natural disasters, they often regret finding themselves unprepared to face them.
On the other hand, those who survive moments of disaster best are those who regularly practice preparedness. In fact, preparedness has become such a movement, those who practice it are commonly known as preppers. Maybe you’re one of them.
Preppers commonly store items that will allow them to eat, practice first aid, and engage in personal hygiene. While some people keep their haul in places like basements or garages, some find that due to lack of space, they’re better off storing their haul in a storage unit.
But surprisingly, even the most seemingly innocent products aren’t suitable for storage in a unit. Here’s a look at a few items.
Don’t keep bottled water in a storage unit
Not being able to store bottled water inside of a storage facility might shock most people, for a couple of reasons. First, it’s water! When stored in an air-tight container, water isn’t known to go bad. And second, water technically doesn’t spoil.
But here’s the problem: Water is sealed and sold in plastic containers. Most plastics are made with chemicals that leak into the product being contained over long periods of time. This is especially true when the container is exposed to high temperatures. Any chemicals that the plastic container is made of will contaminate your water.
And by the way, plastic in of itself is made out of petroleum. Besides, water, especially when it’s been exposed to heat over a long period of time, could develop organisms that could cause you digestive issues.
Don’t bring your canned foods to the storage facility
Canned food is another item that most believe is completely safe, impenetrable, and lasts forever. All of these assumptions are wrong!
First, commercially canned food only lasts 2-3 years, and that’s under the best grocery store conditions. The cans can develop pin-point holes, and rust. What’s more, once the cans become dented, then air and other contaminants can make the product inside unsafe to eat.
And finally, commercially canned foods need to be stored continuously at temperatures under 75 degrees. Keep in mind that any food that you can at home inside glass jars are far more delicate!
Leave your dry goods at home
This includes dry food and any home products containing a heavy scent. Both will attract pests eager to eat their way through your boxes.
Having stated these, there’s plenty of products that you can safely store inside of a storage North Las Vegas facility. If you’re prepper, then be sure to do your research before calling the movers.