This month’s tips are all about snakes.
For a snake bit, please seek medical attention immediately. If possible, call ahead to the emergency room so that antivenom can be ready when the person arrives. Call 911 or the Texas Poison Center Network at 1-800-222-1222 Information is available to identify medical centers in your areas that have appropriate antivenom solutions. The center can be called from anywhere in the United States. This national hotline number will let you talk to experts. They will give you further instructions.
This is a free and confidential service. All local poison control centers in the United States use this national number. You should call if you have any questions about poisoning or poison prevention. It does NOT need to be an emergency. You can call for any reason, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
For additional information about signs, symptoms and treatments, you can consult MedlinePlus from National Institutes of Health.
This month’s first Tuesday tip appeared in the newsletter, but is below for your reference:
It’s snake season again. A few things to remember to help avoid snake bites. Although non-venomous snakes are actually beneficial (if unnerving) to have in your yard, the venomous variety are the ones you should be most concerned with.
The best way to avoid encountering a snake is to remove the things around your yard that could make it a haven for them. There are some steps you can take to remove food and shelter for them. Get rid of any rock piles, brush piles and mulch piles, keep your grass well-mowed and trimmed. In addition, eliminate piles of lumber, debris, firewood, tin and plastic.
Since snakes can also enter structures, and they most always do so from ground level, you may also think about sealing any low openings or spaces you have on your home or outbuildings. Wear long pants and boots when in areas known to have snakes. Be alert where you step and place your hands when outdoors. A snake bite is a serious condition and can be life-threatening, seek immediate medical attention should you be bitten.
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