GENERAL INFORMATION ON SAFETY

Lynn Savill, 13 St George’s Crescent, Gravesend, Kent, DA12 4AR.
Telephone: 01474 351673

Being safety conscious is a general necessity in the home as home accidents account for The majority of all facial accidents Sometimes This leads to over-reaction by the family and the person with epilepsy becomes surrounded by restrictions making life more difficult This undermines self- confidence. It is very important that the person Kith epilepsy is encouraged to lead a lull and as active a life as possible.

Baths Water is always a hazard and extra care needs to be taken when bathing Keep the depth of the water to only a couple of inches and do nol use very hot water. A shower is a good alternative and much preferred, but even these are not entirely risk free. If the shower is over the bath do not use a plug. If attacks are frequent let someone know when you are taking a bath or shower. Sliding doors or doors Thai open inwards and outwards should be used Help with adaptations may be available for people with epilepsy.

Cooking Saucepan handles should always be turned away so they cannot be knocked over. Avoid carrying hoi food around the home. Microwave ovens are a safer way of cooking for the person with epilepsy. Additionally cooker guards should be used.

Electrical flexes Trailing leads are dangerous. An appliance could be pulled over during an attack and could cause a tire or serious bums. If possible use a stretch flex or flex tidy.

Fires Fireguards are important and should be of a type that are fixed to the wall and cannot he knocked over during an attack Radiator guards may also be a useful addition.

Glass Many accidents happen each year when glass in doors and windows are broken. This can be avoided by using toughened or laminated glass or by covering ordinary glass with a safely film. Glass coffee tables should not be used.

Medication Use a lockable cupboard or cabinet to store medication. Young children can mistake them for steels. A medication wallet is a good idea. It indicates if a dose has been taken (or forgotten) and can be prepared for the following week.

Padding Covering hard items in foam i.e. tables, shelves etc will prove useful if an attack occurs- Towels are very useful as a standby Keep floor apace as furniture free as possible, without being^ too spartan.

For more information please contact us (name & telephone above)

Leaflet produced by Gravesend Epilepsy Network

Registered Charity No, 802373