Summer is here and many people are enjoying grilling weather. But before you start flipping burgers and kebabs, take a moment to consider your grill cleaning routine.
Stainless steel or brass wire brushes were once very popular for removing stuck food from grill grates. Unfortunately, these brushes have small, sharp bristles that can break off during cleaning and get stuck to the cooking surface. The next time you use the grill, those same bristles may stick to your food and accidentally be consumed.
Grill Brush Injuries
A 2016 study reported that an estimated 1,700 Americans visited an emergency department between 2002-2014 after ingesting wire bristles in grilled food. One in four of those had to be admitted to the hospital.
The most common grill brush injuries are to the mouth and throat. However, individuals have also experienced stomach and intestinal injuries after swallowing a bristle hidden in food.
Grill Cleaning Safety
Consumer Reports recommends using other cleaning tools such as a pumice stone or coil-shaped bristle-free brush to clean warm grill grates. Crumpled up aluminum foil can also be used to brush loose food particles off a warm (not hot!) grill grate.
If you do decide to use a stainless steel or brass wire brush to clean your grill, take precautions. Check the grill for any bristles before firing it up. Inspect the brush and bristles before using it. If the grill brush warps or begins showing signs of wear, throw it away.
Grilling Safety Tips
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reported an estimated 6,300 gas and charcoal grill-related injuries treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments in 2021.
It’s important to take precautions when grilling to keep everyone safe. Check for grill recalls regularly. Inspect your grill and any gas hoses to check for cracking, holes, brittleness, and leaks. Replace parts if necessary.
Don’t use grills indoors! They should only be used outside in well-ventilated areas. Don’t leave a hot grill unattended and keep children away from the grilling area. The outside surface of a grill can get hot and cause burns when touched.
If you or a loved one has been injured, contact the Schuerman Law office today. Schuerman Law has been working with personal injury claims for over 40 years. John Schuerman will compassionately advocate for injured individuals as well as their families while fighting for full compensation of their claims. Schuerman Law offers evening and weekend appointments in addition to home and hospital visits. Schedule a free consultation today by calling 1-800-274-0045.