Plan Ahead

  • Have a Seizure Action Plan in place. Talk to your family and friends about your plan. Talk about areas or activities that could be dangerous for you.
  • Let others know when to call 911.
  • Make sure your family and friends know where they can find your Rescue Medication if needed.
The following tips are provided to make your home safer if you have seizure.

In the Bathroom

  • Take a shower instead of a bath
  • Use a rubber mat or add non-slip strips to the tub or shower floor
  • Don’t lock the door. Instead, hang an ‘in use’ sign on the door handle
  • Use a shower curtain instead of a glass door/screen
  • Safety proof your surroundings – cover any sharp corners

In the Bedroom

  • Consider using a seizure alert monitor or sharing a room so that others can hear if a seizure happens at night
  • Have a bed frame that is lower to the floor
  • Don’t sleep on the top bunk if you have bunk beds
  • Consider placement of furniture, such as bedside tables
  • Use tightly fitter sheet on your mattress but loose top bedding

In the Kitchen

  • Cook with a partner
  • Use caution with hot foods and liquids
  • Use a microwave instead of the stove when possible
  • Use the back burners on the stove if microwaving is not an option
  • Use appliances with automatic switch off times
  • Use a food processor rather than knives
  • Use non-breakable or shatter resistant dishes and glasses

Other tips for your home

  • Pad hard edges of tables and other furniture
  • Avoid activities at height, such as those that may require a ladder
  • Minimize clutter to trip over or land on
  • Ensure that heavy items and electronics are secured to avoid falling on you
  • Consider carpeting instead of hard surfaced flooring
  • Install outward-opening or sliding internal doors
  • Avoid use of open flames, such as a fireplace or candles
  • Place safety covers over radiators
  • Don’t use kitchen appliances or power tools when you are alone