Every home has at least two main areas that can invite harm—the kitchen and bathroom. During or after some seizures, people can become confused and risk injury. There are several things you can do to decrease the chance of accidents.
IN THE KITCHEN:
- Use oven mitts and cook only on rear burners.
- If possible, use an electric stove so there is no open flame.
- Cook in a microwave, the safest option. Microwave cookbooks are available.
- Keep a cart in the kitchen that will allow you to wheel food to the table, so you don’t risk dropping hot food.
- Ask your plumber to install a heat-control device in your faucet so that the water doesn’t become too hot.
- Consider carpeting the kitchen floor. This can provide a cushion if you fall.
- Use plastic containers rather than glass whenever possible.
IN THE BATHROOM:
- Install a device in your tub and shower head that controls temperature. This will keep you from burning yourself should a seizure occur.
- Carpet the floor – carpet is softer and less slippery than tile.
- Do not put a lock on the bathroom door. If you have one, don’t use it. Someone should always be able to get in if you need help.
- Use non-skid strips in the tub or shower and install tub rails or grab bars.
- Use protective covers on faucet handles, nozzles, and countertop edges to help cushion falls and reduce injuries.
- Use electric razors rather than blades to avoid cuts.
- Install the bathroom door to swing outward to allow entry into the room in case of a fall against the door.
- Keep electrical equipment such as hair dryers, radios, and razors away from water sources.