It’s BBQ season and grill masters in Haliburton County should be inspecting the wire brushes that many people use to clean their barbecues. Health Canada says brushes can lose their bristles and if ingested, these bristles can cause serious health problems. To minimize the risk of issues with your wire barbecue brush, you should  regularly inspect your brush for signs of damage; 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. Health Canada is working with the Retail Council of Canada to develop a voluntary standard for wire barbecue brushes that will establish ways to reduce the risk that loose bristles will cause injuries to Canadians by defining safety criteria, such as labelling and testing, for these products.