Snake Safety Tips

Snakes are helpful for keeping vermin and other rodents under control but they can also be dangerous. Most snakes try to avoid humans but occasionally we cross paths. When one encounters snakes, it’s important to know what to do. Below are some tips for keeping safe around snakes.

  • Watch where you place your hands and feet when removing debris.
  • Wear heavy gloves when doing yard work.
  • If you see a snake, step back and allow it to proceed.
  • Wear boots at least 10 inches high.
  • Watch for snakes sunning on fallen trees, limbs or other debris.
  • A snake’s striking distance can be up to 1/2 the total length of the snake.
  • If bitten, note the color and shape of the snake’s head to help with treatment.
  • Keep bite victims still and calm to slow the spread of venom in case the snake is poisonous. Seek medical attention as soon as possible.
  • DO NOT cut the wound or attempt to suck out the venom.
  • Lay the person down so that the bite is below the level of the heart, and cover the bite with a clean, dry dressing.

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