Before you enter a coma to see this interminable list of things you can do to protect yourself, please consider the relevancy compared with the type of seizures you have. Take whatever you need. Some of the tips are ordinary common sense, which can be beneficial to people without epilepsy as well.

All the tips are experiences that people with epilepsy or their relatives have found to be of use as a solution to a problem. Please send a kind thought to those that have preceded you - and if you have tips to pass on then we would be glad to hear from you!

• Boil water in an electric kettle, not a pot
• Reduce the risk of fire or burns, Use a microwave owen
• Install a safety switch on the electrical cooker
• Shield the electrical cooker
• Get kitchen machinery that only function when you activate them (dead man's button)
• Use an iron that switches off by itself when not in use

Living room
• Make sure that furniture etc. have rounded edges, padded if necessary
• Carpets on the floors can reduce the risk of fall injuries
• Shield the stove or the hearth
• Avoid tables of glass- or marble
• Think safety when you buy candle sticks and candles

• Place your baths at the time of day your seizure frequency is a its lowest
• Use the shower instead of relaxing in the bath tub
• Use a mixer tap that can be regulated to certain temperatures
• Don't lock the door to the bathroom
• The bathroom door ought to be able to open outwards
• Avoid tile floors in the bathroom - and other places in the house

• Wear a helmet - when you cycle, skate, (roller-)skates or ride
• Don't ride and swim on your own
• Don't climb on your own - not even in trees
• Be careful with dangerous tools/machinery (e.g. lawn mover, axe)
• Tell your coach/the life guard that you have epilepsy
• If necessary use a rich coloured swim cap, swimmies or bracelets that make you easy to spot
• If you have frequent seizures you should have an adult just looking after you in swimming classes at school

• Don't use bedding that is too soft (risk of suffocation)
• Get a anti-suffocation pillow if necessary (look like an egg try with holes), or sleep with only a small or no pillow at all
• An epilepsy alert device can record nocturnal seizures
• An arrangement of small bells can alert adults to a child's seizure

At the doctor's
• Bring a person with you when you go to checkup - two are better listeners than one
• If you have seizures often use a seizure diary (bring it with you to the doctor)
• Substantiate your seizures by video recordings if necessary
• Make a list with your questions for the doctor

In general
• If you feel indisposed, avoid risky activities
• This is also valid if you are tired/haven't got your medication
• Be open to family and friends about your epilepsy
• If flashing lights trigger seizures sun glasses or dark swim goggles can be a help

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