Epilepsy & Construction

Garden, Patio or Drive

23 February 2009
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External Structures & Fixtures

Hard landscaping features such as patio surfaces, rockeries and statuary may be a hazard during falls.

Ponds and open water features are hazardous and are probably best avoided - consider the use of mesh to prevent drowning.

Grassed areas and wooden decking without sharp edges are preferable to very hard surfaces.

Coarse gravel may cause injuries to the skin during seizures - finer gravel could enter the mouth and obstruct breathing.

Parents who have seizures may be unable to supervise children who might wander off - locks on gates need to be effective.

Low walls can be hazardous for those who may fall on them.

Gates and railings with spikes or sharp protrusions are unsuitable.

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