If you witness someone having a seizure

  • Stay calm
  • Protect the person having the seizure
  • Cushion the head
  • Loosen tight neckwear
  • Move any objects or furniture that might cause harm
  • Turn the person on his or her side
  • Do not insert any object into the mouth
  • Do not restrain the person
  • Talk to the person in a reassuring voice

Call 911 if:

  • The seizure lasts longer than 5 minutes
  • Seizures occur in clusters over a short period of time
  • Injury occurs or is suspected
  • The seizure occurs in water
  • The person appears to be choking or having difficulty breathing
  • The person is pregnant or has other medical issues
  • The person doesn’t recover well after a seizure or gets sick a few hours or days after the seizure