There is a proper and improper way of handling plastic storage. The sad fact is that many people handle plastic containers whichever way they deem fit. They do not take time to understand all the requirements. For example, many people believe that all types of plastic containers are good for heating food and drinks in a microwave. Some containers feature the ‘microwave safe’ sign, when they are nowhere near being safe. Heat has a way of breaking down all types of plastics, thus leading to a release and leaching of hazardous chemicals into the food and drink. It is worth reiterating that microwaves have a habit of heating unevenly, thus making some parts of the container more prone to breaking down.
Plastic jerry cans and containers should ideally be for cold liquids or drinks. Avoid using the jerry cans and containers to store or carry hot drinks. More importantly, learn the proper way of using single-use plastics. Reusing any plastic container that was made for a single-use and nothing more, is very dangerous. This is because the single-use plastics are not good at handling the reuse. If used repeatedly, the single-use plastic containers shall break down, thus releasing too many toxic chemicals into the food and drink. Ingesting the plastic chemicals would lead to diseases that would then increase medical expenses.
Old and scratched plastic bottles are bad. Never use them to store any food or drink. Do not use them when taking any hot food or drink. If the surface of the plastic container is worn out, regardless of the size or extent of the damage, exposure to the toxic chemicals would increase manifold. When washing plastic containers or plastic pallet bin, do it at the top rack, especially when using a dishwasher. Ensure that the plastic container is as far from the heating element as possible. Alternatively, wash the plastics by hand. The purpose of taking these precautionary measures is to minimize the effects of wear and tear.
As stated here, plastic contains some hazardous chemicals. However, children have the habit of chewing on the plastic containers such as cups and mugs. Parents should discourage their children from this habit. This is not restricted to plastic containers alone. All products made of plastic, including cell phones and the remote, are potentially very risky. Remind the children and train them so that they realize the dangers of eating, chewing or handling plastic materials. Some plastic products are treated using fire retardants, which could be harmful or hazardous to any person who is exposed to such.
Finally, any child who handles plastic materials should wash his hands thoroughly before eating. Learn how to handle plastic containers properly. Learn how to buy the right types of plastic containers. Learn how to decipher the coding used to depict the safety levels on each plastic container. This knowledge shall be of great help later. With proper care, diseases and other medical conditions that might have cropped up shall be avoided due to limited exposure to plastic chemicals.