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Health Tip: Making Home Safer for People With Epilepsy

-- If you or a loved one has epilepsy, there are things you can do at home to reduce the risk of an injury during a seizure.

The Epilepsy Foundation offers these suggestions:

  • Make sure your home is well carpeted and padded underneath.
  • Cover any sharp corners on furniture with padding.
  • Always close fireplace screens when the fireplace is lit. People with epilepsy should avoid lighting a fire or carrying lit candles.
  • When buying space heaters or any type of iron, look for these and similar appliances with an automatic turn-off function.
  • Use chairs that have arms, making a fall less likely.
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Posted: December 2009