Neighborhood Watch Tuesday Tip: What NOT to do for Snake Bites

What NOT to do for Snake Bite Victims

 

DO NOT attempt to suck venom from the bite wound or make cuts over the snake bite. This often leads to more tissue trauma and damage.

DO NOT apply a tourniquet or other constrictive device.

DO NOT apply a cold pack or ice to the snake bite.

DO NOT take pain reliever or other medications unless instructed to do so by a physician or drink alcoholic beverages.

DO NOT administer antivenin in the field.

Treatment for snake bites is best conducted in an appropriate medical facility.

Info from http://www.universalcitytexas.com/index.aspx?NID=704

See past Tuesday Tips for proper First Aid for Snake Bites.

 

 

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Neighborhood Watch Tuesday Tip: Snake Bite First Aid

First Aid for Snake Bite 

 

What to do for snake bite victims. Move the victim safely away from the snake. If you see the snake, try to remember what it looks like or take a digital picture of it if you can but do so without putting yourself at risk. This will aid the doctor in determining which antivenom is needed. Do not attempt to capture the snake; however if the snake is dead, place it in a suitable container and bring it with you to the hospital for identification. Be careful to avoid contact with the dead snake’s head however, as it may be able to bite reflexively for a short time after death. Keep the victim and yourself, calm. Remove jewelry or constricting clothing from the victim quickly, before any swelling begins. Lift the bitten limb so that it is level with the heart. Raising it above the heart level could hasten distribution of the venom to other parts of the body. Holding the limb below the heart level could lead to increased swelling of the affected limb. Limit movement of the bite wound with soap and water, if available. Call 911 if available and seek medical attention immediately. If you are transporting the victim to a hospital, call ahead so that the medical staff can prepare the antivenom for administering upon arrival.

 

 

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Neighborhood Watch Tuesday Tip: Snake Bites

Snake Bites

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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Neighborhood Watch Tuesday Tip: Seasonal Tips

Hello neighbors,

It’s that time of year again when it gets dark earlier and colder. Here are some safety tips for the upcoming season:

Light Safety

  • If you have any lights on timers, you may want to reset them so that they come on at the right time.
  • If you know that it will be dark when you return home, turn on your outside lights.
  • Leave a light on inside your house so you don’t walk into a dark house.

Fire Safety

  • Get your chimneys cleaned before your first fire in your fireplace.
  • Make sure you use the correct logs if you are roasting hot dogs or marshmallows.
  • Change the batteries in your smoke detectors.

Car Safety

  • Put together a safety kit for your vehicle. Include items such as a blanket, non perishable food, water, hand warmers, flares or reflective triangles, first aid kit jumper cables. You can add pretty much anything to your kit.

Be safe,
Your Neighborhood Watch

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Neighborhood Watch Tuesday Tip: Halloween Safety

Halloween Safety 

Our neighborhood swarms with ghosts and goblins, super heroes and princesses on Halloween evening.  We urge all residents to practice excellent common sense and pay extra attention to safety precautions so that all enjoy the evening.

Please be especially cautious this day whether on foot or in cars.  Here are a few tips from National Crime Prevention Council website.  For more tips and information, please visit their website.

Keep in mind the next few tips to make sure your trick-or-treater’s night in the neighborhood will be safe and fun.

  • Older kids should trick-or-treat in groups; kids walking around alone are never as safe as those in groups, and especially not at night. Younger kids should be accompanied by a parent or trusted neighbor.
  • Review the route for trick-or-treating beforehand and set a time set when kids should be home. Also, have a plan if your child gets separated from his or her friends or from you.
  • Remind your children not to enter strange houses or cars.

After a successful and safe night around the neighborhood, remember that the treats still need scrutiny before anyone eats them.

  • Remind your children not to eat treats until they’ve come home. To help ensure this, feed them a meal or a substantial snack before they go out.
  • Check all treats at home in a well-lighted place. Be especially wary of anything that is not wrapped by the factory or that is no longer sealed.
  • Remind kids not to eat everything at once, lest they be green even without the makeup.

Source: http://www.ncpc.org/programs/crime-prevention-month/crime-prevention-month-and-halloween

 

Also note that Daylight Savings Time is THIS WEEKEND!

Daylight Savings Time Sunday, November 3 – Don’t forget to “Fall Back”

Change your clocks back one hour. This is a good reminder to check your smoke alarms.  The fire department recommends checking your smoke alarms at least twice a year, and scheduling those checks when the time changes is an easy way to remember to ensure your smoke alarms are working.  If any of them are battery operated it’s an ideal time to replace with new batteries.

 

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Neighborhood Watch Tuesday Tip: Staying Safe in a High Tech World

National Crime Prevention Council – Staying Safe in a High-Tech World

 

We are living in an increasingly “plugged in” world. Crimes are moving online and into social networks with us. More than 300,000 Internet crime complaints valued at over $500 million were received at the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) in 2011, 2012 Internet Crime Report. Citizens can learn how to protect themselves and their families from the variety of crimes that can happen online, such as children sending personal images by phone or email, unscrupulous merchants trying to sell faulty goods, and scammers trying to steal your identity. Due to the amount of info available, please see web site.                                   

Cyber Crime Palm Card                                   

Source: http://www.ncpc.org/programs/celebrate-safe-communities/resources/staying-safe-in-a-high-tech-world/

 

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Neighborhood Watch Tuesday Tip: Interior Home Security Lighting

 Interior Home Security Lighting 

There are many home security devices to choose from. Light timers are a popular item to use to show there is life in the house, and are also used to turn on and off TVs and radios.   

A few tips:  

  • Alternate the times and rooms you place them in. 
  • Motion detectors are also used to turn on appliances and lights if someone enters your home. 
  • It is unsafe to enter a dark home or apartment. 
  • This may not assure you will never be a victim of a crime, but the more deterrents you put in the way of the thief, that is intent on committing a crime, the better.

Source:  http://www.beyondidentitytheft.com/home-security-lighting.html

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Neighborhood Watch Tuesday Tip: Fire Safety Week

National Fire Safety Week October 6 – 12

Fire Prevention Week

This year’s theme is PREVENT KITCHEN FIRES.  Did you know that more fires start in the kitchen than in any other part of the home?  See the website below for more info and check out their homepage!

Download this handy guide from FPW for great tips on cooking safety: Cooking Safety

Source: National Fire Protection Association 
http://www.nfpa.org/safety-information/fire-prevention-week

 

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Neighborhood Watch Tuesday Tip: National Crime Prevention Month

October is National Crime Prevention Month – Let’s all be safe and look out for one another!

Call the police if you see something suspicious in your neighborhood.  No call to the police is unimportant.  Don’t think you are being overly cautious.  Call Kyle Police Dept non Emergency number at 268-3232 to make sure, or in the event of an emergency, call 911.            

 Source:  Kyle Police Dept. http://www.cityofkyle.com/police

 

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