Cleaning Your Grill With This Tool May Pose a Serious Health Danger

grilling brush dangerWithin 48 hours of eating a freshly-grilled hamburger, Cheryl Harrison of Meriden, Connecticut began experiencing searing stomach pain. It became so severe, she was rushed to the hospital where doctors located the surprising culprit: a metal bristle from the brush her husband used to clean their grill. 

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As crazy as it sounds, this isn't as uncommon as you might think. In fact, Dr. Aziz Benbrahim, who removed the bristle from Harrison's intestine, says he performed a similar surgery on an adult man last summer. 

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The surgeon warned that if the bristle had made its way into Harrison's bowels, it could have been fatal. How frightening!

Cleaning the grill is something you usually don't give much thought to, but that needs to change, according to Benbrahim, who cautions grill owners to do a thorough inspection after cleaning. 

He and Harrison recommend taking a long look at the grill to make sure no particles or residue have been left behind. Others recommend taking the grates off the grill, scrubbing them, and then rinsing them down with a hose. Give everything a good once-over before reassembling it. Alternatively, you can use a balled up piece of aluminum foil or a nylon-based sponge to get your grates back in tip-top shape.

So, the next time you're about to give that grill a cleaning, be sure you're focusing on the task at hand and not distracted as you definitely don't want any unintended surprises showing up in your meal.  

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