The following are tips on how to make houses safer for people with epilepsy:
- Carpet the floors in your house or apartment with heavy pile and thick under padding.
- Pad sharp corners of tables and other furniture; look for rounded corners when you shop.
- Put guards around the fireplace or, preferably, close fireplace screens while a fire is burning.
- Don't smoke or light fires when you're by yourself.
- Don't carry hot fireplace ashes or lighted candles through the house.
- Avoid space heaters that can tip over.
- Use curling irons or clothing irons with automatic shut off switches to prevent burns.
- Select chairs with arms to prevent falling.
- Make sure motor-driven equipment, such as a lawn mower, has a "dead man's" handle that will stop the machine if your hand releases normal pressure.
- Hang bathroom doors so they open outwards instead of inwards (so that if someone falls against the door, it can still be opened).
- Put extra padding under carpeting in the bathroom.
- Hang an "Occupied" sign on the outside handle of the bathroom door, instead of locking it.
- Routinely check that the bathroom drain works properly before taking a bath or shower.
- If you fall frequently during seizures, consider using a shower or tub seat with a safety strap.
- Keep water levels in the tub low.
- Consider using a hand held shower nozzle while seated in tub or shower.
- Set water temperature low so that you won't be scalded if you lose consciousness while hot water is running.
- Avoid using electrical appliances, such as a hair dryer or electric razor, in the bathroom or near water.
- Slide containers of hot food along the counter instead of picking them up, or use a cart when taking hot foods or liquids from one room to another.
- Use plastic dishes and cups with lids (commuter cups) to prevent cuts or burns from spills.
- Use a microwave oven for cooking.
- When you use the stove, try to use the back burners as much as possible.
- Remove burner controls from gas or electric stoves when not in use.
- Use long, heavy duty oven mitts or holders when reaching into a hot oven.
- Wear rubber gloves when handling knives or washing dishes and glassware in the sink.
- Use plastic rather than glass containers as much as possible.