Grill brushes can present safety hazard

By Tom Lehman 1:22am, May 26, 2014 - Updated 10:56am, May 26, 2014
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Planning to fire up the grill to cook some tasty barbecue for Memorial Day? Be careful with how you clean it.

WDEL's Tom Lehman reports.

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Jacqueline Beeson of Wilmington was admitted to A.I. duPont Hospital for Children last fall after suffering mysterious abdominal pains. At first she thought it was a swallowed fish bone, but doctors discovered it was actually a steel bristle from a grill brush.

Beeson underwent surgery and was in the hospital for weeks.

"It's something don't wish upon anyone. It's something that's really painful and uncomfortable," she told NBC 10.

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If you're using a grill brush, be sure to replace it if its old or has loose bristles. You can also use a sponge with cleansing pads or a steam cleaning system as an alternative.

"We use hard sponges to clean this grill, rather than brushes," Beeson said.

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