Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Tips to prevent the dangers of BBQ Brush Bristle

Tip: Don't use plastic wire brush to clean BBQ grill. when plastic is heated it expends and bristles fall out posing serious health hazard.
When done brushing grill always run a rag quickly on the grill to ensure no wire bristles are left.
I recommend using good quality wooden BBQ brush or The Grillion which uses onions to clean the grill 

Here's a news article of someone that almost died from this recently!

"CALGARY - A Red Deer, Alta., woman had to undergo two surgeries and spend a week in hospital after wire from a cheap barbecue grill brush ended up in her food and lodged in her throat.

Kim Schellenberg wants other people to be aware of the potential hazard,

"It's not something that ever crossed our minds," Schellenberg said. "It went from just this thing caught in my throat to the ability to kill you, that's when they decided to go in from the outside."

Schellenberg now has a four-inch scar on her throat.

The wire bristle attached itself to a hamburger and before Schellenberg knew what was happening, it was too late.

She tried to get the bristle out herself but the pain was too much, so she asked to be taken to the hospital.

Problem was Red Deer no longer has an ear nose and throat specialist so they had to go to Calgary.

By the time they reached the hospital the wire had worked its way further down Schellenberg's throat.

After hours of surgery followed by more X- rays, doctors made an incision on Schellenberg's throat and went in from the outside looking for the wire.

They never found it and Schellenberg was hospitalized for five days while being monitored. The fear was the wire could puncture her bowel or cause other complications.

Experts warn that the cheap brushes can break during cleaning, leaving sharp pieces of wire stuck to the grill.

Schellenberg Googled "barbecue bristles" and discovered it's not the first time this has happened. There was a case last June in Montreal and in 2012 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a warning in the United States after six cases in the state of Rhode Island."
Source: Youtube
This is the second case of this I came across in the pass couple of weeks.


  1. I always like to BBQ near bushes, that's why I got all useful tools of BBQ at home. These tools also includes Grill Brush for cleaning purposes. No matter whether grill is small or big, basic or complex, charcoal- or gas-fuel. After cleaning what's most critical is that it be able to provide delicious, perfectly grilled meats and vegetables quickly, efficiently and speedily.

  2. Hurrah, that’s what I was trying to get for, just what a stuff Presented at this blog!! Thanks admin of the site. MC cable