With summer upon us, many people are heading outside to enjoy the beautiful weather. Whether you’re hiking, camping, or lying by the water, outdoor dangers may be lurking nearby.\nAlthough not extremely common in the United States, snakes pose a threat to those venturing outdoors when the weather heats up. These slithering critters are the cause of 7,000-8,000 hospital visits each year in the U.S. While this number may seem high, on average, only five to six of these cases typically leads to death.\nTypes of Snakes in Pennsylvania\nTwenty-two species of snake, three of which are venomous, call Pennsylvania home. These three venomous snakes include:\n\nNorthern Copperhead\nTimber Rattlesnake\nEastern Massasauga Rattlesnake.\n\nAll of these species are known to reside in or nearby western Pennsylvania. The Copperhead and Rattlesnake tend to live in rocky, mountainous regions, while the Eastern Massasauga earned its nickname, the “swamp rattler,” because it prefers wetland areas. These three snakes tend to be nonaggressive and steer clear of human contact, but you should always be aware of your surroundings and keep your distance if you see a snake.\nSo what should you do if you’re bitten by one of these snakes? Follow these Do’s and Don’ts in the event of a snake bite.\nRELATED:\u00a0How to Care for a Venomous Snake Bite Wound\nWhat to Do if You Are Bitten by a Snake\n\nCall 911 immediately.\nStay as calm as possible.\nGet away from the snake but stay as immobile as possible until help has arrived.\nRemove clothing or accessories that may restrict your blood flow and cause swelling.\n\nWhat Not to Do if You Are Bitten by a Snake\n\nDon’t try to capture the snake \u2013 this is unnecessary and can lead to a more dangerous situation.\nDon’t create an incision or suction the wound.\nDon’t administer any drugs to the victim.\nDon’t apply a tourniquet (restrictive device used to constrict the flow of blood to a body part).\nDon’t apply ice to the snake bite.\nDon’t wait to see if symptoms occur \u2013 call for help immediately.\n\nRemember, if you see a snake, keep your distance and don’t disturb the animal. When it comes to safety outdoors, the best thing to do is avoid the danger.\nShould you or someone you love need immediate medical attention, contact the Pittsburgh Poison Center for help.