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A Guide to Shipping Container Storage Safety
Jul 2022

A Guide to Shipping Container Storage Safety

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Shipping containers are versatile, convenient, and can be used for a number of reasons. 

It’s very important when using a shipping container that you follow safety protocols and handle the container properly when storing and moving it from one location to another.

Not only should you have all applicable waivers and paperwork signed and accessible, but you should also maintain your container’s physical care and cleanliness so that your belongings stay safe. 

In order to err on the side of caution, we’ve compiled a list of the top storage container safety tips. Keep on reading to learn more. 

Don’t Stack

You certainly don’t want to stack anything on top of your shipping container, as it may damage or compromise its structural integrity. Never try to stack another container on top of your own by yourself. 

If this needs doing, make sure to contact the professionals who can secure the right equipment to get the job done.

If you do intend to stack containers on top of each other, you will need an area with a solid foundation (no uneven grounding) and enough overhead clearance (no wires or power lines blocking the way). 

Lock it Up

While it is an easy (and relatively common) mistake to make, it should go without saying that you must keep your shipping container locked when it is not in use. 

This ensures that your belongings stay clean, safe, and away from prying eyes. 

Not only will this protect your belongings from theft and the outside elements, but it will also ensure that no one gets accidentally locked inside your container. 

While it may seem unlikely, it is possible and can quickly turn into a scary situation if someone ends up being locked in without your knowledge. 

Pack Heavy to Light

When packing your container, you want to do so smartly and practically. This means putting heavier items on the bottom and lighter items at the top, where they won’t be easily crushed. 

Packing this way also helps to build a solid foundation and makes it safer for you as items will be less likely to topple or fall over, causing accidents or injuries. 

Keep Roads Clear

When placing your shipping container, you want to pick a good location that is away from pedestrians and drivers, as you don’t want to block any paths. 

Keep roads and sidewalks clear, and give enough space for loading and unloading of your container as well. 

Follow the rules and Regulations

Remember to check your local guidelines and laws to ensure that you are following all the rules and regulations. Your storage container company should be able to offer advice and guidance when it comes to this. 

Contact the storage container company for assistance if you need help handling your container.  That’s what they’re there for, and they can offer additional services should you require them.

Remove Signs of Vandalism

Vandalism on your storage container is a big no-no. It gives others the impression that your container is not being cared for, and that can make your items susceptible to theft. 

Take physical care of your shipping container by cleaning any graffiti or vandalism as soon as you notice it. 

Paint over it, as this will also help protect the metal of your container and keep it from rusting or deteriorating on the outside. 

Don’t Store Flammables

When packing your shipping container, there are definitely some items that are not allowed under any circumstances. These include fuel, hazardous chemicals, batteries, solvents, and gases. 

These substances can threaten your shipping container’s safety and security, as they pose a fire hazard. If you are in doubt about what you can and cannot store, consult with the container company beforehand. 

Get Insurance

Ultimately, it’s better to be safe than sorry. You can make plans, but still, accidents can happen. That’s why it’s best to have insurance for your belongings and shipping container should something unexpected occur. 

If anything, this gives you added peace of mind that your items are covered should there be a loss.

You should always choose a sturdy shipping container that is the proper size for all your belongings, and that has proper ventilation. 

You certainly don’t want bad odours or smells to accumulate and create pest problems within. Keep it clean, organized, and free from flammables and chemicals. 

If you are ever in doubt, contact your container company and they can guide you in the right direction when it comes to safety. 

For more information on shipping containers for rent and shipping container safety, please call Sigma Container at 1-877-225-7762 or contact us here

We can help maximize the use of your shipping container and ensure you are following safety protocols. Contact us today to get started.

Tom Bray is a freelance writer with over five years experience writing for online publications and over ten years in business and sales. He studied journalism and media and has written for various online outlets on multiple topics. His specialty subjects are shipping containers and transport logistics.

Tom’s passion for writing and transport logistics motivates him to provide frequent direct marketing content that can show you how a shipping container can be effectively utilized and modified to each person’s needs.

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