Snake awareness critical as temperatures rise
As the temperatures begin to rise, so begins the time of year that the creatures begin to stir.
Please be mindful while working, hiking, sporting or walking your pets in or around YPG.
As you all know, YPG is built in the middle of their habitat. Snakes pose a significant danger to workers at YPG, almost as much as driving in the YPG 500, but not quite. Snakes, both venomous and nonvenomous, can be a major concern and it is important to consider what steps you should take to prevent any type of injury or incident.
Snake bites in the United States: the different types of venomous snakes found in and around YPG include rattlesnakes, copperheads, cottonmouths/water moccasins, and coral snakes. It is estimated that 7,000 to 8,000 people are bitten each year in the United States. However, due to effective anti-venom and medical treatment only an average of five people per year die as a result of a bite.
Other hazards of snakes in the workplace: Not all snakes are venomous. However, there are still hazards created by non-venomous snakes. One hazard is the surprise or fear that they can create. For example, you are moving a piece of sheet metal, a piece of plywood, or something stored outside of your building. You pull up or move the item and “BAM” you find a fivefoot-long snake inches away from your hand. You jump back, trip over a pipe, and smack your head requiring stitches.
Safeguards to protect yourself from snakes: The main way to avoid a snake bite is to just leave them alone. If removal is necessary, contact a professional. Always wear protective shoes or boots, long pants, and a long shirt when working in areas where snakes are normally found. Clothing will help reduce the impact of a snake’s bite. Always do a work area inspection prior to starting work. Look for signs of wildlife in your work area and always be careful when moving materials outdoors where wildlife can live.
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As always, if we can be of any assistance, please do not hesitate to contact the YPG Installation Safety Office at 328-2214, or stop by building 2091 on the Walker Cantonment Area.