How to avoid getting shocked from static electricity

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Use A Humidifier

By keeping the humidity in your home between 40 and 50 percent, you can seriously reduce the chance of being exposed to static electricity.

Tips To Prevent Damage By Static Electricity

Here are some effective tips to make sure that risks caused by static electricity are minimized:

  • Avoid wearing rubber-soled footwear: Rubber is an excellent insulator, and so wearing rubber-soled shoes may create a significant amount of static in your body.
  • Apply grounding in your home appliances: Some of the devices in your house may collect static electricity over time, if there’s no way to discharge them. Make sure that your appliances have a grounding mechanism in order to release the excess static.
  • Ground yourself: If you think you may be carrying some static electricity, touch an inert metal object to discharge the electricity.
  • Keep indoor air humid: Dry air increases the risk of static electricity buildup in your home. The best way to address this is to keep the relative humidity above 30%. A humidifier may do the trick.
  • Keep skin moisturized: If your skin is dry, it has a higher likelihood of developing static electricity. You may apply lotion or moisturizer on your hands and skin.

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Static Electricity in the Workplace

Static electricity causes two main workplace concerns:

  • The ignition of flammable materials or atmospheres, which can cause fires endangering employees
  • Harm to sensitive electronic components and equipment

How can you avoid receiving shocks of static electricity?

These small discharges don’t represent any danger to your health, so you don’t need to worry. However, they can be uncomfortable, so here are five tips:

  • Don’t wear thick-soled shoes, and if you’re at home, it’s best to go barefoot.
  • Use a humidifier if you’re in a particularly dry environment (below 20% relative humidity).
  • Avoid nylon and polyester clothes: and as far as possible avoid carpets, which are an enormous source of static electricity.
  • When getting out of your car, hold onto the car frame.
  • If you have long hair and you receive shocks from time to time, use a comb instead of a brush. 

 

Tips

  • Electric shocks are most common when the air is dry, which is often in the winter. Take extra precaution during this time of year.

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Common Sources of Static Electricity in the Home and Workplace

Static electric fields occur naturally in the atmosphere, but are also found in our homes and at our workplaces. Some common sources of static electricity in the home and at the workplace include:

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  • Your shoes and the type of fabrics that make up your furniture in your home and workplace. For example, shoes with rubber soles are good insulators. When combined with a wool or nylon carpet, they build up a lot of static in the body
  • Clothing such as wool sweaters, especially in the dry winter months
  • Dry winter air, which increases the frequency and severity of static shocks
  • Your skin (hands), especially if it is dry
  • Door knobs, such as those made of metal
  • Machines build up static electric charges, which then get transferred to our bodies through electrostatic induction

Avoid Wool

Though wool might feel dry, it’s actually made up of a lot of water, which can act as a conductor and becomes a serious hotspot for static electricity. If you can’t stand getting a shock, avoid it at all costs in the winter and opt for cotton.

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