Hikers, Mountain Bikers on Green Mountain Help Snakebite Victim

August 1, 2017
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Please watch the video from the link below. Great reminder to have your Emergency Information updated on your phone!
http://www.9news.com/sports/outdoors/springing-into-action-after-a-runner-suffers-a-rattlesnake-bike/460919050

Denver Health has the following tips on what to do if you encounter a rattlesnake.

  • Dress appropriately. Most bites happen to the hands, feet and ankles.
  • Wear good quality hiking boots, tennis shoes, and thick socks. Ankle boots are best. Avoid sandals, open-toed shoes, or walking barefoot.
  • Wear long, loose-fitting pants.
  • Avoid sticking your hands or feet into holes, thick grasses, and other places where you can’t see snakes that may be hiding.
  • Use a flashlight. Flashlights can help you spot a snake on or near the trail at dusk when snakes tend to be active.
  • Always hike with a friend.
  • Communicate. Carry a cell phone and make sure family and friends know where you are hiking and how long you plan to be gone.
  • Stay out of the way. Stay on well-used trails and avoid wandering into tall grass, underbrush and weeds.