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Q&A: Is it safe to clean an outdoor grill grate with a wire brush?

Q&A: Is it safe to clean an outdoor grill grate with a wire brush?

Q: A grill dealer recently cautioned never to use a wire brush to clean the grate, as bristles break off and get into the food. Is it unsafe to use a wire brush? —Roberta Goldenberg Bayside, NY

A: It can be. There have been recent reports of injuries, some requiring emergency surgery, when wire bristles were accidentally swallowed. Consider oiling outdoor gas grill grates to prevent sticking, and to clean grates, use high heat, crinkled aluminum foil, or other tools. If you use a wire brush, check the grates for stray bristles. If you find some, throw the brush away.

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