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Snakebite Safety Tips

The Washington City Fire Department would like to share a few summer safety tips! As warmer weather sets in, snakes become more active, raising the likelihood of encounters. Here are some crucial snakebite safety tips to help keep you and your loved ones safe:

Stay Alert: Whether you’re hiking, camping, or simply enjoying nature in your backyard, always be aware of your surroundings. Snakes tend to hide in tall grass, under rocks, or in woodpiles, so watch where you step and avoid reaching into areas where you cannot see.

Wear Appropriate Footwear: When outdoors, especially in areas known for snake populations, wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes or boots. This provides an added layer of protection against potential snake bites.

Stick to Designated Trails: When hiking or exploring natural areas, stick to marked trails and avoid wandering into dense vegetation or rocky outcrops where snakes may reside.

Keep Your Distance: If you encounter a snake, maintain a safe distance and do not attempt to handle or provoke it. Most snake bites occur when people attempt to capture or kill the snake, so it’s best to leave them alone and allow them to move away.

Know What to Do in Case of a Bite: If bitten by a snake, remain calm and seek medical help immediately. Keep the affected limb immobilized and positioned at or slightly below the level of the heart while awaiting assistance. Avoid applying ice, cutting the wound, or attempting to suck out the venom, as these methods can worsen the injury.

–Fire Department

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