Red-white and blue: Holiday safety tips for you
Banner experts give tips on how to stay safe during hot, busy weekend


PHOENIX (July 3, 2019) – Fourth of July means celebrations, barbeques and gatherings and Banner Health experts are offering some advice and tips on how to stay safe during this holiday and the rest of the summer.

Our online newsroom offers these ready-to-edit videos/audio on these topical summertime safety topics:

  • Fireworks: Kids and their short arms can be a recipe for disaster around fireworks. Banner Children’s Injury Prevention Coordinator Tracey Fejt gives some common-sense advice. Glo sticks anyone?
  • Seen in the ED: Zach Bair, DO, assistant Emergency department director, talks about what is seen in the ED during this holiday and how busy the fifth of July is.
  • Grilling: Start up those BBQs! Melissa Luxton, RN, trauma injury prevention coordinator at Banner - University Medical Center Phoenix discusses safety tips.
  • Why it’s important to drink water: Robert Porter, DO, Emergency-department director at Banner Goldfield Medical Center and Banner Ironwood Medical Center, shares what he sees in the Emergency department when people aren’t well hydrated.
  • Prevent drowning: Banner Children’s Injury Prevention Coordinator Tracey Fejt talks about the importance of designating adults to watch children around water and gives other critical water-safety tips.
  • Bees: It’s safe to assume that the bees you encounter are the more aggressive Africanized bees. Frank LoVecchio, DO, assistant medical director for Banner Poison and Drug Information Center, explains how bee stings can be deadly.

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