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Safety and risk

Keeping safe is important for everyone, whether or not you have epilepsy. If your seizures are controlled by treatment, your safety may not be affected. But if you continue to have seizures, safety may be an issue.

Everyone is different. It can be helpful to remember that other people may have different experiences to you. Things that affect them may not be an issue for you.

Practical safety tips for people who have seizures.

Some people with epilepsy choose to wear or carry with them a medical identity (ID) card or medical jewellery that says they have epilepsy.

Risks due to epilepsy depend on what someone's epilepsy is like. Getting good seizure control and staying safe are ways to help reduce risks.

Some people with epilepsy find it helpful to consider safety aids or equipment that might help them with day-to-day life.

Our templates make suggestions about what the risks may be because of someone’s seizures, risks associated with living conditions (around the home), and risks associated with outdoor activities.

Assessment of your safety needs

You can ask your local social services for a 'needs assessment', which looks at your safety at home. Needs assessments are often carried out by an occupational therapist (OT). They will visit you at home to see what help, support or safety equipment you might need because of your epilepsy. The assessment can help to identify practical ideas for reducing risk to make situations safer. Your GP or specialist may be able to provide information about how your epilepsy could affect your safety at home.

Our safety and risk templates (above) make suggestions about what may be a risk for someone who has seizures and things that may help to lessen the risk. You may have your own ideas about safety and risk which you can include. Our templates may help you prepare for a needs assessment.

Visit GOV.UK for contact details for your local council.

Seizure alert dogs

The organisation Support Dogs trains dogs to support owners with specific needs including epilepsy. Seizure alert dogs are specially trained to warn their owner before a seizure starts, so they can get help or move to somewhere safe.

Training with a seizure alert dog can be intensive. To apply you would need to be having a certain number of seizures. Support Dogs are not able to train your own pet dog.

Taken from our Safety leaflet. Order this leaflet from our online shop as part of our 'first five free' offer, or download the pdf using the link below.

Please note: Epilepsy Society does not endorse any of the companies listed on this page. Other companies may also provide these services.