The following tips are ways that people with epilepsy can help improve their safety during recreational activities:
- When exercising, take frequent breaks, stay cool and save your greatest exertion for the coolest part of the day.
- Exercise on soft surfaces if you can -- grass, mats, wood chips.
- Review the risks carefully before taking up sports which could put you in danger if you were suddenly unaware of what you were doing.
- Wearing a life vest is a good idea when you are on or close to water.
- Swimming can be safe and fun for everyone, but if you have seizures, avoid swimming alone.
- Tell lifeguards and friends what kind of seizures you have, how to recognize them and what to do if you have one. Make sure they swim well enough to help if you need it.
- Wear head protection when playing contact sports or when there is an added risk of falling or head injuries.
- If you ski or hike, go with a buddy; you may need someone to get help if you have a seizure in remote areas.
- Consider use of a safety strap and hook when riding a ski lift.