People who enjoy the outdoors should watch where they put their hands and feet this spring and summer, Santa Clara County fire and emergency officials are warning.
Venomous snakes are active this time of year and emergency officials recommend using caution during outdoor activities such as running and hiking in the county's hills and open spaces, where rattlesnakes are prevalent.
The county advises:
Wear long pants and heavy boots that come up about four inches
above the ankle.
Watch where you step, particularly in high-brush areas and while stepping over logs and fallen trees.
Keep dogs and other pets on a leash when on a trail.
If bitten by a snake, call 911, avoid movement in the area that
was bitten, keep the area below heart level, take note of the time of the bite, and do not attempt to cut the bite or apply a cold pack or tourniquet.