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16 January 2008

Centrum tip – Epileptics, make your home safe

It is a well-known fact that most accidents happen in the home. If you suffer from epilepsy, you need to take a little extra care to avoid unnecessary injury.

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It is a well-known fact that most accidents happen in the home. If you suffer from epilepsy, you need to take a little extra care to avoid unnecessary injury.

Take action:
Don't keep internal house doors locked; fit room doors so that they open outwards – if you have a seizure inside the room and fall against the door, it can be easily opened from outside; put down thick carpeting (including on the bathroom floor) to cushion against falls; choose padded furniture with rounded corners; don't smoke or light fires or candles when you're alone; avoid heaters that can tip over or that have an exposed heating element; use an iron with an automatic shut-off switch; choose low chairs (or with arms to prevent falls) and a low, wide bed; install safety glass in windows and doors.

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