Safety share: Bee sting first aid – Do you know what to do?
An allergy to stings and bites can develop at any time or age, so treat all stings and bites seriously.
If you’re stung by a bee or wasp
- Move away from the area where you were bitten or stung. There may be a nest nearby, and you increase the risk of being stung again if you stay in the area.
- Remove the stinger if possible. DO NOT SQUEEZE! Flick or scrape it off.
- Apply ice or a cold pack to the stings or bites immediately. This decreases inflammation and slows the spread of toxins.
- As soon as you are near a washing area, cleanse the bite/sting thoroughly. A sting or bite is potentially a contaminated puncture wound.
- Go to Argonne’s Medical Clinic if the sting occurs during normal work hours. Otherwise, Argonne Fire Department paramedics will provide treatment or transport you to the hospital depending on the reaction.
If you’re allergic
- Carry an EpiPen with you at all times (make sure it has not expired), and carry a cell phone so you can call for help.
- Call 911 from land lines and (630) 252-1911 from cell phones.
- Learn more about follow-up care in this safety share on first aid for bee and wasp stings courtesy of Frank Curran (ESQ).
If you see a nest or insect activity, avoid the area and call FMS Grounds at ext. 2-6498. Then, contact the building manager so he/she can cordon off the area until the issue has been resolved.
Please share this information with colleagues and/or staff. Beginning each meeting with a safety share is a great way to break the ice, begin team building from the onset of meetings and keep safety at the forefront of our minds.
Each month a safety share submitted by an individual will be selected to receive a Spot Award for demonstrated safety leadership. The Spot Award program offers three award levels: gold ($100), silver ($50) and bronze ($25).