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First Aid - Snake Bites

Training Time: 23 minutes

Bites from snakes of any type can be hazardous and require first aid. This is especially true with bites from poisonous snakes. This course focuses on first aid for bites from the four most common poisonous snakes in the United States: rattlesnakes, water moccasins, coral snakes, and copperheads. Information focuses on snake identification, bite prevention, and proper first aid.

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Rattlesnakes are one type of poisonous snake in the United States. Others include the water moccasin, copperhead, and coral snake.

Rattlesnakes are one type of poisonous snake in the United States. Others include the water moccasin, copperhead, and coral snake.

If you must work in an area where snakes might live, wear protecting clothing and PPE such as boots, long pants, snake gaiters, and protective gloves.

If you must work in an area where snakes might live, wear protecting clothing and PPE such as boots, long pants, snake gaiters, and protective gloves.

If someone is bitten by a poisonous snake, try to identify the type of snake, provide first aid, and then get the person to medical assistance.

If someone is bitten by a poisonous snake, try to identify the type of snake, provide first aid, and then get the person to medical assistance.

Learning Objectives

  • Name the four most common poisonous snakes in the United States
  • Identify each of the four most common poisonous snakes in the United States
  • List some tips for avoiding snakebites
  • List some personal protective equipment (PPE) that can help protect people from snakebites
  • Explain the first aid to provide if a person has been bitten by a poisonous snake
  • Explain the first aid to provide if a person has been bitten by a non-poisonous snake
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First Aid - Snake Bites FAQs

What are the four most common poisonous snakes in the United States?
Rattlesnakes, copperheads, water moccasins, and coral snakes.

What are some ways to avoid being bitten by snakes?
Know the type of snakes in your area and where they are likely to be; avoid working in those areas; know their behaviors; stay clear of snakes.

What is some PPE to wear to lessen the risk of snake bite?
Tall boots, long pants tucked into the boots, snake gaiters, protective gloves.

What should you do if someone is bitten by a poisonous snake?
Try to identify the type of snake but don’t try to capture or kill it; give the person first aid; have the person relax, be calm, and stay still; and get the person to medical attention.

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