“This is the time when snakes are more common around us and I’m not talking about those ‘certain’ people in our lives! Rattlesnakes are not confined to rural areas reminds Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna. They have been found in urban areas, in lakesides, parks, and at golf courses.

There are several safety measures that can be taken to reduce the likelihood of startling a rattlesnake. Never go barefoot or wear sandals when walking through wild areas. Wear hiking boots. When hiking, stick to well-used trails and wear over-the-ankle boots and loose-fitting long pants. Avoid tall grass, weeds and heavy underbrush where snakes may hide during the day. Do not step or put your hands where you cannot see, and avoid wandering around in the dark. Rattlesnakes can swim. Be careful when stepping over the doorstep as well. Snakes like to crawl along the edge of buildings where they are protected on one side. Never hike alone. Always have someone with you who can assist in an emergency. Do not handle a freshly killed snake, it can still inject venom. Teach children early to respect snakes and to leave them alone.

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Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna