​We share our community with many natural creatures, including both venomous and non-venomous snakes. It's always important to be aware of your surroundings, and you can take some simple steps to minimize the risk of ever being bitten by a snake.

So how often does EMS respond to snake bites in Wake County? To get an idea, we looked at May 1 through August 31, 2016. During that period, EMS evaluated 24 people across the county for snakebites. Of those, 23 people were over the age of 18. Only 17 of the 24 victims required transport to a local hospital for further evaluation and care, and none of the bites appeared to be life threatening.

Is that a lot? For EMS response, no. During that same time period we responded to about 33,846 EMS calls altogether. That means snake bites were only about 0.07% of our total EMS call volume during those 4 months.

Enjoy our wonderful outdoor areas, and be mindful but not fearful. Prevention is always best, and you can learn more from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.