You may want to exercise caution when eating grilled foods because a 12-year study identified more than 1,600 injuries from wire bristle grill brushes reported in emergency rooms in the U.S.
The study Epidemiology of Wire-Bristle Grill Brush Injury in the United States, 2002-2014 finds more than 1,600 injuries caused by these cleaning brushes, the most common of which include injuries to oral cavities, throats and tonsils, with some injuries requiring surgery.
Lowe's Home Improvement sales associate Ron Paldino suggests replacing old brushes that may have loose bristles.
"You need to thoroughly check your grill after you've used this to make sure there are no bristles stuck, or left on the grill," says Paldino.
"Wipe your grill down with a rag," he adds. "This may help catch any stray bristles on your grill.
Paldino says those concerned about old brushes losing bristles may want to consider a ceramic coated brush which has a detachable head.
"Once the bristles get old," he says "you can replace it for a very modest cost."
Nylon-bristle brushes are another alternative to wire and check your grilled food after cooking to make sure there are no loose bristles stuck to it, or in it.