Always remember to watch your step when walking, especially near bushes or in open fields. Rattlesnakes tend to be shy around people, and will try to get away from a human if possible.
Should you encounter a rattlesnake on campus:
- Back away slowly until you are a safe distance from the snake.
- Call the Campus and Parking Services office at extension 7654.
If you are bitten by a rattlesnake:
- Stay calm. Be aware that rattlesnake bites are serious but seldom fatal.
- DO NOT make an X-shaped incision and attempt to suck out the venom. DO NOT apply a tourniquet or pack the wound with ice. All of these "remedies" can cause serious tissue damage.
- Get a safe distance away from the snake, but do not run to get help. Call for help from a passerby.
- Call 911 to be transported to a hospital emergency room, where antivenin medications and treatments are available.
- Rest quietly with the affected limb in a lowered position until help arrives.
Public Safety Contact Numbers
Call 911 in an emergency
- Life-threatening situation
- Medical emergency
- Crime in progress
- Major disturbance
- Crime report
- Request for police presence to deal with potentially-disruptive person
Call Extension 7654 or (619) 644-7654 for Campus and Parking Services
- Automobile assistance
- Lost & Found
- Safety Escort
- Room Unlock/Lock
Public Safety and Campus and Parking Services information