Electric shocks wherever you go? Try these

Solving unintended static discharges is a tricky question. You can build up a respectable amount of charge on your body if one of the following applies to you:

  • Either the flooring, your chair, clothes or shoes are made of non-conducting, synthetic fabrics
  • You rub the said fabrics a lot by walk or moving
  • You touch grounded surfaces rarely
  • Your skin is poorly conductive (dry)
  • The air is low in humidity (the last two can be exaggerated by HVAC operation)

Here are some things to try:

  • Replace clothes or shoes
  • Ground yourself through your shoes (wires and aluminium foil come to mind)
  • Make the flooring or furniture more conductive
  • Moisturize your skin
  • Increase air humidity
  • Wear uncoated conductive accessories (like a cold necklace or bracelets)
  • Wear uncoated conductive accessories having (lots of) pointy ends - tips may or may not be needed, but they can be made safer by wrapping in small tubes, it's the sharp air contact that matters. Some say a single safety pin is enough (may or may not work)

See also:

  • http://www.wikihow.com/Remove-Static-Electricity
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