Check grill brush before grilling season begins
Posted May 20, 2015
Updated May 21, 2015
A word of warning before you fire up the grill for Memorial Day weekend: Beware the shedding grill brush.
Metal bristles from worn brushes can stick to the grill surface, lodge in food and be swallowed, causing major damage.
Rodney Wright got a bristle stuck in his tongue last summer.
"I felt it. It just wedged. I knew something was wrong," Wright said.
"It doesn't look that big, but I'll tell you what, when it's in your throat, it feels like a truck."
Wright was lucky in a way. Some people don't realize they've swallowed one until its in their digestive system. Removal means emergency surgery.
To avoid ending your cookout in the ER:
- Replace brushes before the bristles start to fall out.
- After cleaning your grill with a brush, wipe it with a wad of balled up aluminum foil or a wet towel to remove bristles left behind.
- An alternative is to wipe the grate with the cut side of an onion. Sulfuric acid from the onion creates a layer on the grill that helps keep bacteria from growing.