Snake Season Has Returned To El Paso
The "Stay At Home" order has been lifted so, as you venture back outside, keep this in mind.
- If you see a rattler, back away slowly and quietly. DON'T run off in a panic. (Where there's one, there's probably another).
- Keep pets on a leash and right next to you.
- Keep kids on a leash and right next to you.
- Avoid thick brush, high grass, etc.
- Don't blindly step over rocks, bushes, etc.
- Never stick hands or feet into areas unless you can clearly see what else ... snakes or spiders & scorpions ...is already in there.
- Wear high boots and long pants.
- Use caution in cool, dark places. (Caves, shady areas, crawlspaces, etc...)
- Avoid snake friendly areas between dusk and mid-morning.
If you are bitten ...
- Stay calm and try to keep your heart rate down.
- Clean the bite area.
- Clean the wound itself and cover it.
- Remove rings, jewelery, tight clothing, etc
- Immobilize the bite area and, if possible, put a splint on it.
- Keep the bite area/splint below heart level.
- ... cut the wound or try sucking the venom out of the wound.
- ... use a tourniquet or ice on the wound.
- ... drink alcohol or caffeine.
- ... run or overexert yourself.
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