Do you know what to do if someone around you has a seizure?\nWhat to Do When You Witness a Seizure\n\nStay calm and try to clear the area of sharp objects or anything that could cause the person to be injured. Seizures do not always cause loss of consciousness, so you may need to help steer the person clear of potentially dangerous situations, like subway platforms, high areas such as ledges, walls, etc..\nTry to get the person to sit or lay down, and support\u00a0his or her\u00a0head if you are helping\u00a0him or her\u00a0to lay down.\nIf the person is laying down, turn him or her on to the side. This will make breathing easier.\nTalk calmly to the person during and after the seizure.\nStay with the person until the seizure is over.\nCall 911 if the seizure lasts for more than five minutes, if the person is injured, or if the seizure occurs in water.\nKeep onlookers away. Seizures can be scary for anyone, and a person having the seizure may be frightened, confused, or embarrassed when the seizure is over.\n\nSeizure Care and First Aid \u2013 What NOT to Do\n\nDo NOT put anything in the person\u2019s mouth! This could cause\u00a0him or her\u00a0to bite down and possibly break teeth, or break the object and swallow it. It is not possible for anyone to swallow their tongue during a seizure.\nCPR is generally not needed.\nDon\u2019t panic.\nDo not give the person anything by mouth (water, pills, food, etc.) until\u00a0he or she is fully awake. Having food in the mouth during a seizure may cause choking.\nDo not try to hold the person down during the seizure.\n\nFor more information on seizure care and epilepsy treatment options, visit the UPMC Movement Disorders and Epilepsy Program website.