Hazardous Goods/Moving


Here is a list of hazardous house goods you should not pack when moving long distances.


  • Guns and ammunition
  • Black powder
  • Fireworks
  • Lighter fluids
  • Matches
  • Acids, ammonia
  • Gasoline, kerosene
  • Petroleum products
  • Yard equipment containing fuel
  • Motor oil
  • Lamp oil
  • Antifreeze
  • Pesticides, fertilizer, weed killers
  • Poisons
  • Paint, paint thinners
  • Paint-related materials
  • Aerosol cans, deodorants
  • Charcoal
  • Pool chemicals
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Propane Tanks
  • Car batteries
  • Cleaning supplies, bleach


Hazardous items are any items that are flammable, explosive, or corrosive. There’s a real danger if any of these items ignite or spills during the move. Some of the items really shouldn’t surprise you (guns, ammunition, fuel or propane tanks), while others you may have never considered to be a hazard to move, (cleaning supplies, aerosol cans or liquor, for instance).

Either way, please do not pack any of these items, mainly because moving companies are not allowed to transport them for you.

So, if you can, try to use up the hazardous items you have in your house or garage prior to your moving day.  If for some reason you can’t use up all your hazardous items, I’m sure your neighbors or friends would take them off your hands.

On a good note, most moving companies will transport yard equipment as long as the equipment has been drained of fuel.

If you’re only moving a short distance, you may transport some of these hazardous items listed in your own vehicle.  After all cleaning supplies, nail polish, liquor, etc.. are usually safe as long as you don’t expose them to extreme heat.

Be sure to contact your moving company with any questions or concerns you might have when it comes to the hazardous items listed above.

This blog was written by:

Dondi Ahlers

Owner/Advanced Moving