Epilepsy and Safety Measures

Epilepsy and Safety Measures

At home:

  • Should not have open fires.
  • Have a soft, easy-to-clean carpet.
  • Put safety glass in windows and doors.
  • Try to use furniture with rounded corners.
  • Avoid smoking or lighting fires when you’re by yourself.
  • In bedrooms you should have a wide, low bed without top banks.
  • Place night stands away from the bed.
  • If you wander during seizures, make sure that outside doors are securely locked.
  • In the kitchen try to limit use of electrical appliances only when someone else is in the house.
  • Use a microwave if possible.
  • Try not to use stove but if you will, use the back burners of the stove.
  • Avoid carrying hot pans; serve hot food directly from the stove onto plates.
  • Wear rubber gloves when handling knives or washing dishes or glasses in the sink and use pre-cut foods to limit the need for sharp knives
  • Use plastic cups, dishes, and containers rather than breakable glass
  • Inform  a family member or housemate before you take a bath or shower.
  • Don’t lock the bathroom door instead hang an Occupied sign outside the door handle.
  • Set the water temperature low so you won’t be hurt if you have a seizure while the water is running.
  • Showers are generally safer than baths.

At work:

  • You should inform and educate your co-workers about your condition-epilepsy and how to provide first aid for seizures.
  • Avoid at being at height or near open places where fall can cause injury or drowning yourself.
  • Avoid using heavy machinery.
  • Wear protective clothing and helmet as needed.
  • Try to avoid working long hours since sleep deprivation and physical stress can trigger your seizures.

Out and about:

  • Carry only as many medications with you as you will need, and 2 spare doses.
  • Wear a medical alert bracelet to let emergency workers and others know that you have epilepsy.
  • Don’t isolate yourself without social life due to fear of having a seizure outside.

Sports:

  • Exercise on soft surfaces.
  • Wear a life vest when you are close to water.
  • Avoid swimming alone without supervision.
  • Wear head protection when playing contact sports or when there is a risk of falling.
  • When riding a bicycle or rollerblading, wear a helmet, knee pads, and elbow pads.
  • Avoid high traffic areas; while riding or skating.

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