As you may have heard, the warm temperatures are bringing venomous pests out of hibernation early. Their hibernation is dictated by temperature, around 80 degrees. If you encounter a snake, move slowly and deliberately, back away to a safe distance and do not provoke.
In the unfortunate event of a snake bite:
- Transport victim to closest health care facility without delay
- Stay calm, avoid moving too much or becoming excited
- Remove constricting items, jewelry and watches from affected area
- Immobilize a bitten extremity and keep below heart level
- Do NOT cool or chill or apply ice
- DO NOT attempt to tie any type of tourniquet or constricting band
In the event you have a snake in your home or yard and need it removed you would call 911. At the time of the call the dispatcher will determine the level of urgency and we will respond accordingly. If it is an immediate threat we will respond immediately, if not, we will treat it as a non-emergency service and respond as soon as possible but a life threatening emergency would take precedence.