Snakes are very active in the summer. About 100 Australian snakes are venomous, although only 12 are likely to inflict a wound that could kill you. This article is to prepare you in the event of a snake sighted and/or any snake-related incidents within the Unidus premises.
What to do when a snake is sighted on the Unidus property:
- When a snake is sighted on the Unidus premise, the customer/visitor is advised to alert a Unidus staff member and vacate the area that the snake was sighted at.
- Do not attempt to catch or kill a snake. It is illegal to kill a snake in Australia under the Nature Conservation Act 1992. And most snakebites occur when in attempts to catch or kill a snake.
- Unidus staff shall contact the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service on 1300 130 372 and follow the prompts to remove the snake.
- Quickly remove all staff, customers, and visitors from the area and isolate the area where the snake was sighted in a calm and logical manner. Note the location of the snake for its removal.
- Set up cones to isolate the area and prevent people from entering the isolated area where the snake is located.
What to do in the event of snakebites?
- Call 000 for an ambulance
- Alert a Unidus staff
- Reduce the injured person movement by asking them to lie down.
- The purpose is to retard the movement of venom from the bite site into the circulation, thus “buying time” for the patient to reach medical care.
- There is no requirement to identify the snake as physicians may be able to identify the type of snake from residual venom on the skin
- Customer/visitor may implement the Pressure Immobilisation Technique if they are familiar with this technique. This should be done for arms and legs only. Otherwise, do not touch the injured area.
- Do not restrict chest movement.
- Do not cut or excise the bitten or stung area.
- Do not apply an arterial tourniquet.
- Do not wash the bitten or stung area. The type of snake involved may be identified by the detection of venom on the skin.