Metal plate has become a tool of the trade, a key part of preventing the spread of influenza.
But it’s not perfect.
It’s heavy, and not cheap.
The Federal Trade Commission, in a report published Tuesday, warns against relying on metal plates to keep the flu out.
So why use them?
There are a few reasons: They’re heavy.
Metal plates weigh more than 1,000 pounds.
That’s a lot of plates.
They weigh a lot.
They are more expensive than plastic or foam, which are more easily removed.
The metal plates that people use most often are plastic.
They’re lighter and easier to handle.
And because they are more resistant to wear and tear, they can be more easily cleaned and reused.
There’s also the cost factor.
The FTC report notes that a metal plate costs about $12 per plate, with the cost of cleaning and replacing a single plate running to $30 per plate.
But the FTC said that, in general, metal plates are more reliable, and more environmentally friendly, than plastic and foam.
That means they are less likely to catch fire, or cause leaks or corrosion.
And metal plates, the report said, can be stored in your home or office, not on the street or in a dumpster.
“If you can take a plate and hang it from a chain link fence, you can probably take a sheet of metal and hang that from the ceiling,” the FTC report’s lead author, Richard O’Brien, told the WSJ.
He added that metal plates can also be stored more securely, and have less potential for theft.