THERE have already been sightings of the venomous red-bellied black snake this spring.
In NSW there are around 300 snake-bite cases each year.
Last financial year, 14 people were admitted to Blacktown, Nepean and Westmead hospitals with snake bites.
"The last snake bite-related injury we saw at The Children's Hospital at Westmead was in early March," emergency department medical director Mary McCaskill said.
"If a child is bitten, first aid should be applied immediately," Dr McCaskill said.
"This includes placing a firm bandage on the bite sight and keeping the limb as still as possible until the ambulance arrives.
"The area should not be washed as the venom on the skin may be used to identify the snake."
Dr Naylor said it was important to have a description of the snake, if possible.