FLARE: 5 Ways to Help Someone Having a Seizure

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If you witness someone having a seizure do you know what to do?
Stay calm and think F.L.A.R.E.


F – Floor. If someone is having a seizure, guide him or her to the floor.

L – Lay. Position the person on their side. This will help prevent their tongue from obstructing their airway while allowing any saliva to drain down the side of the mouth and not back into their lungs.

A – Area. Clear the area of any objects that might cause them injury. Do not hold the person or restrain their movements.

R – Remove. Remove restrictive clothing and accessories, such as glasses, scarf or hat.

E – Evaluate. Stay with the person until the seizure is over. If the person is injured, has trouble breathing or walking, or is pregnantand the seizure has lasted longer than 5 minutes, call 911 immediately.


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