Well its October again in Australia and its snake breeding time. Unfortunately this year the snakes have been on the move since early September and this year there have been many more sitings than in previous years. Now is the time to consider whether your family home should actually have a snake bit bandage.
In Australia we have seen in many new estate developments, the increase of green zones, parks and undeveloped wildlife corridors and these types of zones are great breeding areas for snakes. I have seen over the last few years an increase in the number of dangerous snakes making their way into suburbia looking for food or a safe area via these zones. This means that unlike in built up areas in the city, there is now a much greater risk of a potential bite.
Here is the thing… there is still a high risk of snake bite even in cities.
Whilst you are less likely in a high rise to be bitten, we have seen some nasty snakes come up from the sewerage system and scare home owners. The snakes can make their way up through toilets or through the open drain systems.
A snake bite bandage is not a normal bandage, it is designed to compress a bit so that the venom is slowed down as it travels through the body. You can now buy snake bit bandages from just $30, which means for just a small investment you can have peace of mind that you have the right tool in an emergency.
It is however important that if you have bought a snake bite bandage that you learn how to correctly apply it. In Australia, you can learn this skill by attending a nationally accredited first aid course. The course will normally take you a day to complete but you will learn skills that can help you in any emergency not just a snake bite.
In the end it is my belief that everyone should have a snake bit bandage in the home because you just never know when you might need it. If you are traveling on the highway then this is certainly a necessity with a first aid kit. Most first aid kits do not contain a snake bit bandage unless requested.
If you are looking for a snake bit bandage then check out JustFirstAidKits.com, they have them available online and if you need a first aid course then visit One-on-One Professional Business Training.Chris LE Roy