Chino Hills– A three-year-old girl was airlifted to the hospital after a snake bit her in Chino Hills last week.
On Tuesday, April 19, Chino Valley Fire District firefighters responded to the snake bite incident at 9:22 a.m. The girl was bit on her left leg while walking on a local walking trail on Soquel Canyon Road and Pipeline Avenue.
CVFD Firefighter/Paramedics provided advance life support care and the girl was transported by air ambulance to Loma Linda University Medical Center. She is currently in critical but stable condition.
The Chino Valley Fire District warns that the chances of coming across a rattlesnake increases when the temperatures increase. The warm weather encourages rattlesnakes to come out, so it is important to watch where you are walking and to stay on designated trails when out hiking and enjoying the outdoors. If you see a snake, stop and back away to a safe place. Never try to touch a snake or scare it away. Snakes seek warmer areas when it is cool, so be observant for snakes sunning on rocks or trails, especially in the cooler times of day. Conversely, when it is hot, snakes seek cooler areas. Use extra caution when around areas where there is high brush or when stepping over logs or fallen trees.
Below are additional safety tips provided by the Chino Valley Fire District.
Safety tips to help you avoid a rattlesnake bite:
- Never go barefoot or wear sandals when hiking or walking through grassy areas. Always wear hiking boots.
- When hiking, stick to well-used trails. Avoid tall grass, weeds and heavy underbrush where snakes may hide during the day.
- Do not step or put your hands where you cannot see.
- Never hike alone. Always have someone with you who can assist in an emergency.
- Do not handle a freshly killed snake, it can still inject venom.
- Teach children early to respect snakes and to leave them alone.
What to do if bitten by a rattlesnake:
- Do not panic. Remain calm and slowly move away from the snake.
- Call 9-1-1 immediately or send someone for help.
- Keep the bite at or below heart level.
- Do not apply a cold pack, tourniquet, cut the bite or attempt to suck out the venom.
- Do not attempt to catch or kill the snake. Do try to remember what the snake looked like.
- Take note of the time the bite occurred, if possible.