The summer BBQ season may be coming to an end, but that’s no reason not to step up your game before rolling your grill back into the garage. According to Readers Digest, many people make these common food flipping mistakes.

You really have to make sure you’ve preheated properly. Not only does the initial high temperature burn off extra bits left on the grates, it prevents the foods from sticking in the first place. Toss that old wire brush; it’s dangerous.

The Journal Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery reports that 1,600 emergency room visits were caused by loose bristles.

When you do take the grill back out for next year, you really need to give it a good going over. Don’t just assume it’s ready to go. Make sure to inspect both the hoses and propane tank.

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