OTTAWA, ON- If you use a metal bristle brush on your barbeque, keep a close eye on it.

An announcement from Health Canada says that repeated use of the metal bristle brushes that many people use to clean their barbeque could cause the brushes to lose their bristles.

“If accidentally ingested, these metal bristles can cause serious health problems,” read the announcement.

In order to reduce the risk of issues with metal bristle brushes, anyone using the tools should do the following:

  • regularly inspect your brush for signs of damage;
  • inspect grills and barbecued food for loose metal bristles;
  • regularly replace your brush to help avoid problems associated with wear; and
  • stop using your brush if bristles come loose or stick to the grill.

Alternatives to the metal brushes are also available.