As the spring and summer seasons approach, more and more people will be using their BBQ.
But there's a common BBQ tool that could end up causing serious harm to you and your family members.
Your BBQ brush.
Doctors are urging people to stay away from metal-bristled BBQ brushes, as they are seeing an increase in patients who have gotten fragments of sharp wires stuck in their throats.
The small bristles break off the cleaning brush and get stuck on the grill. When you put your food on the grill, it picks up the wires and then you consume it.
If a metal bristle does get lodged in your tongue or throat, surgery is tricky.
"It's a needle in a haystack, but the haystack is your tongue,' said otolaryngologist Dr. Ian Dempsey. "It's not an easy structure to go fishing around in, especially when it gets embedded in deeply."
So how do you avoid this dangerous situation?
Wooden BBQ scrapers are a safe, efficient alternative to cleaning your BBQ this summer, without risking your safety.
The paddle comes with a flat edge that you burn to fit your grill directly.
To get your own wooden BBQ scraper you can purchase one here.