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Safety at Home

Your home may be your castle, but epilepsy can still present unique challenges and dangers to those experiencing seizures during the course of everyday activities. When it comes to staying safe at home, here are just a few minor tips to help make your home safer.

Basic Home Safety Tips

These basic home safety tips can help individuals at risk of experiencing seizures prevent dangers commonly associated with epilepsy.


Use Electric Razors

Use an electric razor to avoid cuts. (Wireless suggested)


Shatterproof Glass

Use shatterproof glass for mirrors and windows.


Avoid Glass Tables

Avoid glass coffee tables, dining room tables, and desks.


Avoid Scatter Rugs

Avoid scatter rugs. Wall-to-wall carpeting or soft flooring may reduce injuries for individuals who fall.


Keep Things Tidy

Avoid clutter in rooms. Also look around and make sure there is room to fall safely.


Use Enclosed HVAC

Use covers or enclosed heating units or radiators. (Wall systems or vents suggested)


Keep Electric Items Dry

Electrical equipment such as hair dryers or razors should be used away from any water source.


Secure Table Items

Secure televisions, computers or other things that could fall off tables, desks, counters, etc.


Use Fireplace Screens

Use fireplace screens at all times. Make sure the screens are tight and secure against the fireplace.


Protect Hard Edges

Use protective or padded covers on faucet handles, nozzles, or the edges of countertops to help cushion falls and reduce injuries.


Fence Your yard

Have an enclosed yard for children to play and prevent wandering during a seizure.


Make Help Accessible

Have a way to call for help if you are alone. (Alarm systems, medic alerts and other safety devices)

Additional Safety Tips

Interested in making your home as safe as possible for an individual living with epilepsy? These simple tips can go a long way toward keeping everyone safe even through unexpected seizures.

  • Get a home safety evaluation from a visiting nurse or physical therapist.
  • Ask to meet with a nurse at the doctor’s office to learn about safety concerns and tips, or get connected with help in the home.
  • Ask for help on adaptive aids for home safety.  Local colleges and often have disability rehabilitation programs. Or contact a rehabilitation hospital or state disability organization. 
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The Epilepsy Foundation New England is here to serve and assist the epilepsy community. We partner with the Epilepsy Foundation of America to provide access to information, resources, and support for our constituents.