How to Protect Yourself from Stingrays

How to Protect Yourself from Stingrays. Death by stingray is extremely rare, but getting
hit with their barb still hurts like hell – which is why you need to learn how to
play footsie safely with these sea creatures. You will need An ability to shuffle your feet
Very hot water or a chemical heat pack Water shoes (optional) Stingray guards or leggings
(optional) and a thermometer (optional). Step 1. Know where stingrays like to hang out – in
shallow water along the ocean shoreline and near the mouth of a bayou. Step 2. Do The Stingray Shuffle. Slide your feet along the ocean floor rather
than lifting them; it will prevent you from stepping down hard on a stingray – the most
common way of getting stuck by the serrated stinger on its tail. Plus, the movement warns stingrays that you’re
in the area. Step 3. Consider wearing water shoes. If you do step on a stingray, your footwear
may prevent the barb from penetrating. Step 4. If you’re stepping into murky water from a
boat, poke around with a stick before you set down your foot. Invest in stingray guards or leggings if you
do a lot of wade fishing. Step 5. If you do get stung and are bleeding, apply
pressure to stem the bleeding and seek immediate medical care. Step 6. If the injury is minor, remove the stinger
with tweezers, being careful not to squeeze it further into the skin. Clean the area with soap and water, and plunge
it the hottest water you can tolerate for 30 minutes. Or, apply a chemical heat pack. The heat kills the venom that causes the intense
pain. Test the water with a thermometer before immersing
the wounded area so you don’t burn yourself. The water shouldn’t be above 110 degrees Fahrenheit. Step 7. Have a doctor clean out the wound to make
sure none of the barb remains in your body. Left-behind pieces will cause infection. Did you know About 1,500 Americans are injured
by stingrays every year.

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