The hidden danger of grilling out

Story highlights

  • About 130 people a year in the United States go to the ER because they swallowed a wire bristle from a grill brush
  • Although grill brush injuries are uncommon, they might require surgery and cause infections
  • Experts recommend using nylon brushes or wire mesh brushes instead of brushes with wire bristles

(CNN)Last winter, a team of doctors at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Delaware treated a 16-year-old girl who had a sharp pain in one spot of her abdomen. Although the doctors suspected she had swallowed som