Summertime is supposed to be the most enjoyable time of the year, especially for children. We are all aware of pool dangers: drownings, dry drownings, falls. But now there’s a danger lurking in the most innocent of places. Inside pool noodles!

There is an alert posted on Facebook by the City of Buckeye Fire Department in Arizona. And it’s a doozy!

It says the following:

“This story was passed on by one of our citizens- Watch where you store your pool noodles when they are not in use. Apparently, 2 pool noodles were left outside of the pool up against their cinderblock wall.

The next time they went to use the pool, the pool noodles were picked up and brought to the swimming pool. Out popped a rattlesnake. The snake did not attack, but was concerned about the pool noodles as there were a couple of young rattlesnakes who were still inside the pool noodle…”

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OH EM GEE! Really? Like we don’t already have enough to worry about!

The post continues:

“After some research, we found that there have been reports of snakes (NOT RATTLESNAKES-they do not lay eggs) actually laying their eggs inside the pool noodle itself or around pool noodles that have been left outdoors near bushes or block fences.”

Their advice:

“If you come into contact with a rattlesnake, or any other type of snake, stay calm.

One of the worst things you can do when coming across a rattlesnake is to start panicking. Snakes rely on vibrations in the ground to determine where you are. If you start moving fast and abruptly, you’ll only scare the snake more.

If you’ve seen the snake before you came across it, give it a lot of space. You can easily walk around it without frightening it. Just keep in mind that rattlesnakes can coil up and strike at great lengths, so give it as much space as possible.

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If the first indication of a rattlesnake’s presence is the sound of its rattle, you’ve already startled it. Instead of running, stay still. Chances are, the snake will stop rattling and slither off after it has calmed down. Humans are much bigger than snakes, so they don’t see any benefit in biting if it doesn’t need to protect itself. They’ll more than likely slither away to safety on their own.”

A snake is more scared of you than you are of them (believe it or not!) so do your best to stay calm, back away slowly and call animal control.

Our advice:

Keep ALL pool equipment and toys stored away properly when not in use. Snakes and critters can still get inside a shed, remember that! Large, airtight storage containers are your best bet. You can look into which ones are best for you and your family. Many containers are made to keep pests out!

Also, don’t be a hero. If you see a venomous snake, let the poor guy go on its way. Don’t try to capture it, taunt it or (heavens forbid!) kill it.

Be aware of your surroundings at all times and teach your kids how to remain vigilant as well.

 

Feature Image courtesy of CBS News