The summer will be here before we know it. Many of us will be celebrating the summer by having cookouts. While cookouts are a lot of fun, there is a danger that everyone needs to know about. Anthony Fiore knows all about this danger.

Like most people, the Fiore family looked forward to grilling out. Anthony’s mother, Nadia, used a steel bristle brush to clean off the grill.

Anthony felt something tingly in his throat after he started eating. Nadia knew that something was wrong.

He told his mom his throat was burning and it felt like something was stabbing him. His mom knew he wasn’t exaggerating:

“We knew something was wrong, and he was in extreme pain because he was crying,” Anthony’s mother, said.

So she decided to rush her son to the hospital. Anthony was in pain, which continued to get worse. The doctors discovered that Anthony had a piece of metal inside of his throat. If the metal would have moved, then it could have punctured his other organs.

Anthony had surgery in order to remove the metal.

From the time we had dinner to the time we had surgery, it was about 12 hours later, because our journey started at the local hospital, and then we were transported to Sick Kids,”

However, that was not the end of his problems. He developed an infection a few days after the surgery. He received antibiotics, the infection cleared, and he was able to go home. Anthony’s story is actually quite common. Dr. Aziz Benbrahim, who works at MidState Medical Center, has stated that he sees cases like this all of the time. Unfortunately, not everyone is as lucky as Anthony.

Doctors have been noting an influx of patients over the years with the same emergency as Anthony. Yet, there’s been no surefire way to remove them, each case is a challenge.

So now doctors urge you to just get rid of the metal brushes and try something else. It’s simply not worth the risk.

Here’s what some readers had to say:

“I still use them, and after scraping and brushjng, I give the grill several good whacks …I can see further debris falling off Then I oil the grill with a paper towel dipped in oil – yet another wipe.. I’m not saying it’s an alternative, but it has been working for me. I get a clean and oiled grill every time. Very unfortunate for the people who have had this experience”

“Why take chances with a brush? What play roulette when u dont have to. Get a cedar plank scraper and you’re good for a long long time.”

Will you throw out your brush if you have one?