Accessing Essentials In The Dark: 3 Ways To Prepare Your Self Storage Unit For Power Outages

6 September 2016
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Don't clutter up your home, and store non-essential and seasonal items in one of the 49,940 self storage facilities in the U.S. Most self storage facilities will allow you to access your unit at any time of the day and whenever you need. If you're storing some important items or document in the unit, you'll want to make sure that you can access your unit whenever you want. In particular, this article will look at 3 ways you can prepare your storage unit for power outages, so that you can find what you need even when there's no electricity and light.

Store a Mechanically Powered Flashlight Near the Entrance

Although mechanically powered flashlights aren't exactly that powerful, you should still store one near the entrance of the unit, so that it can be easily accessed. Having limited lighting is still better than having nothing, and having that extra light when looking for small items that are hidden in the corners of the unit will make your life a lot easier. You should be able to get about 30 minutes of light from 30 to 60 seconds of cranking.

Most people are under the misconception that mechanically powered flashlights can last forever, as they don't rely on external batteries; however, that's simply not true. The internal storage battery or capacitor will lose power over time, so check to see whether the flashlight is still functioning every time you visit the unit.

Arrange All of the Boxes in Aisles and Stick Reflective Tape on the Floor

There's nothing worse than having to stumble around in the dark trying to find your way around your self storage unit. Arranging all of your boxes and create aisles for walking. This will not only be beneficial for you on a regular basis, but will be particularly beneficial during power outages. There's less of a chance that you'll end up bumping into the corners of boxes or into furniture.

If possible, stick reflective tape on the floor where the edges of the aisles are. The reflective tape will provide a clear outline as to where it is safe to walk.

Stick Glow-in-the-Dark Labels on Boxes and the Walls

If you're going to be storing a lot of things, finding what you're looking for in a power outage may be difficult, as you won't know where to start. Make your life a lot easier by sticking glow-in-the-dark labels on boxes that give you an idea what the contents are. You can even stick labels onto the walls, so that you'll have a rough idea of where you stored different types of items. For example, you might want to stick a glow-in-the-dark sticker of a stove or an oven on the wall closest to where you stored all of your kitchen appliances.


Don't let power outages deter you from getting what you need from your storage unit. Prepare your storage unit ahead of time, and you'll be able to easily and quickly find what you need even in the dark. 

For more information, contact AAA Flying Trolley Self Storage or a similar company.