Outdoor Safety & Snakes
The weather is beaming and there is no better time to take to some work on your property outside. However, there are some safety concerns you shouldn’t ignore when it comes to outdoor work. If your job consists of outdoor work, these tips will also be helpful to you.
Over 37,000 people in the U.S. each year suffer a snake bite. There are several types of venomous snakes that live throughout the U.S. The most common types being rattlesnakes, copperheads, coral snakes and cottonmouths. These snakes can live in different types of areas including rocky areas, forests, swamps and bodies of water. If you live in an area where you can encounter snakes often, take the proper precaution and avoid these poisonous situations.
As an employer, be sure to instruct your workers to always avoid a snake. Whether they think the snake is venomous or not, it always best to be safe than sorry. A snake bite, if not venomous, could always still get infected. Have your workers alert anyone in the area and continue to their task. If your picking up tools from the ground, it’s always a good idea to pick up the tool from the far end that way there is at least the object in between if there happens to be a snake on the object.
In the event
Let’s say worst comes to worst and you were bitten by snake. Do not wait to seek medical treatment because you do not know what effects your body can have and how soon. If possible, take or have some shoot some pictures of the snake so that medical professionals can identify the species sooner. Keep the victim calm and lay them so that the bite below heart level. If the bite occurred on a limb, try wrapping the limb and avoid moving it. Observe how often the swelling gets to determine the severity.
For more information, you can always visit: Center for Disease Control and Prevention