NEWS
06/28/2014 10:00 EDT | Updated 08/28/2014 05:59 EDT

QuickFacts on snake bites

Snake bites increase in July and August. The Toronto Zoo has some tips on how to protect yourself.

How can I avoid snakebite?

— Stay on the beaten path when walking in rattlesnake habitat. Don't walk in bare feet or sandals and use a flashlight at night.

— Always watch where you put your hands and feet, do not reach into areas where you cannot see.

— If you hear a rattlesnake, stop moving and determine the snake’s location. Slowly step away and give the snake room to move away.

— Protect your pets. Keep dogs on a leash when walking though rattlesnake habitat.

What do I do if I get bitten?

— Stay calm and reduce movement. Clean the wound. Remove jewelry on the affected limb.

— Don't apply ice or a tourniquet and don't cut or apply suction to the bite area.

— Call 911 and get to a hospital as quickly as possible.