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Vital Safety Tips for Outdoor Painters

Vital Safety Tips for Outdoor Painters

Fine Art Tips | Lori McNee

Tips for Ticks:

The proper technique for tick removal includes the following:

• Use fine tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the skin surface as possible.

• Pull backwards gently but firmly, using an even, steady pressure. Do not jerk or twist. Do not squeeze, crush, or puncture the body of the tick, since its bodily fluids may contain infection-causing organisms.

• After removing the tick, wash the skin and hands thoroughly with soap and water.

• If any mouth-parts of the tick remain in the skin, these should be left alone; they will be expelled on their own.

• Attempts to remove these parts may result in significant skin trauma.

Tips for Stings:

• Remove any stingers immediately!

• No need to scrape off bee stingers, just remove them.

• It’s okay to pull stingers out with your fingers.

• The longer bee stingers are allowed to remain in the body, the more severe the reaction.

• How fast you get the stinger out is much more important than how.

• Honeybees leave a stinger behind when they sting a victim.

• Wasps, yellow jackets, and hornets do not leave a stinger. These relatives of the honeybee can also cause an allergic reaction.

WATCH FOR SNAKES: Over 8,000 people are bitten by poisonous snakes in the United States each year.

Keep your hands and feet away from areas you cannot see, like between rocks or in tall grass where rattlesnakes like to rest.

Tips for Bites:

• Keep the bitten area still. You can immobilize the area with an improvised splint made from a board, magazines, or other stiff material tied to the limb. Don’t tie it too tight—you don’t want to reduce blood flow.

• Remove any jewelry or constricting items near the affected area in case of swelling.

• Keep the area of the snake bite lower than the heart. Go to a hospital immediately.

• If bitten by a rattlesnake, DO NOT use ice to cool the bite.

• If bitten by a rattlesnake, DO NOT cut open the wound and try to suck out the venom.

• If bitten by a rattlesnake, DO NOT use a tourniquet. This will cut off blood flow and the limb may be lost.

• If the victim has to walk out, sit calmly for 20-30 minutes to let the venom localize at the site, proceed calmly to the nearest source of help and try to avoid unnecessary exertion, which will stimulate circulation of the poison.

• Get the victim to medical care for antivenin, which will provide the greatest relief from the toxic effects of the bite.

CLOSE ENCOUNTERS WITH WILD ANIMALS:

Black Bears:

• Most times black bears do not want to bother humans. Some, though, are curious or even predatory.

• Do not get between a bear and its food source.

• A sow with cubs is the most dangerous.

• Get BIG and bold.

• Stand your ground.

• Do not run!

• Wave your arms and yell loudly.

• If the bear sees you as a threat, it will charge.

• Bear spray is about 92% effective according to a recent 2008 Alaskan study.

• Guns are inaccurate and can just make the bear angry. But shoot to kill if you do.

• If the black bear does attack you, fight back!

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