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Rattlesnake Safety

Generally not aggressive, rattlesnakes will likely retreat if given room or not deliberately threatened. The Burbank Fire Department offers these tips for preventing snake bites:

  1. Wear boots and long pants when walking or working in wildland areas.
  2. Do not touch or disturb a snake, even if it appears dead.
  3. Stay on trails when hiking, away from underbrush and tall weeds.
  4. Never hike alone in remote areas. Always have someone with you who can assist in an emergency.
  5. Teach children to respect snakes and to leave them alone.

 If bitten by a rattlesnake:

  • Dial 911. 
  • Stay calm but act quickly.
  • Remove watches, rings, etc., which may constrict swelling.

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