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Santa Clara County Fire and EMS Agency Alerts Residents: “Watch Where You Walk” for Safety this Spring

“Watch Where You Walk” for Safety this Spring.

SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF –Santa Clara County Fire Departments and the Santa Clara County Emergency Medical Services Agency remind you to "Watch Where You Walk" for safety this spring and summer.

With spring time upon us, Santa Clara County Fire Departments and the Santa Clara County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Agency remind you to "Watch Where You Walk". Spring time brings warmer weather and the opportunity to take advantage of outdoor activities. In order to keep safe this season, keep an eye out for rattlesnakes as part of your outdoor routine when going for hikes, runs or walks in the hills and open spaces in the County. Each year, about 7,000 people are bitten by venomous snakes in the U.S., with 1 out of 500 venomous snakebites resulting in more serious injury.

Following a few simple tips can help you enjoy the warm weather and outdoor activities while staying safe.

Tips for Safety

  • If you see a snake, stop and keep your distance. Give the snake plenty of room to get away.
  • Wear heavy boots- about four inches above ankle height and long pants when hiking.
  • Always watch where you step and be sure to be look for snakes in areas of high brush, under logs and stepping over logs, or fallen trees.
  • Look out for snakes sunning on rocks or trails, especially in the cooler times of day.
  • Never try to touch a snake or scare it away, give the snake its space and back away to a safe place.
  • Keep your dog and/or pets on a leash when you’re on trails.
  • Tell a ranger or park staff if you see a snake but do not try to catch it.

In the rare care case of being bitten by a snake, remember these steps:

  • Do not panic, remain calm and slowly move away from the snake.
  • Call 9-1-1 or send someone for help.
  • DO NOT apply a cold pack, tourniquet, cut the bite, or attempt to suck-out venom
  • Avoid movement of the area that was bitten.
  • Keep the bite at or below heart level.
  • Do not attempt to kill or catch the snake but do try to remember what the snake looked like.
  • Remain calm and wait for help.
  • If you have time, take note of the time of the bite.

Taking care to "Watch Where You Walk" will help you to have a safer experience in the outdoors this spring!

Media Contacts: Marta Lugo Clara County Public Health/EMS Agency (408) 792-5107; Santa Santa Clara County Fire – (408) 378-4010; South Santa Clara County Fire District/CALFIRE – (408) 779-7353
Posted: May 27, 2011