What Is Static Electricity and How to Avoid It?


Static electricity is the product of unequal positive and negative charges between two different objects. Static shocks plague those who wear socks on carpets or play with balloons, and the chances of carrying static electricity increase during the cold weather season.

Even though static electricity may seem inescapable, our Marietta electricians share five ways you can fight getting shocked.

Five ways you can keep static electricity at bay:

  1. Humidifiers – Dry air and a running heater create the perfect environment for static electricity. You can fight it by adding a humidifier to your home. Adding moisture to the air can help reduce the buildup of static. You can create humidity in your home by boiling water. Keep an eye on the stove to make sure there are no potential fire hazards.
  2. Anti-Static Chemical – There are special sprays that you can apply to your carpet and upholstery to help reduce static. Lightly spray the solution and let it dry before walking or sitting on it. You can make your own solution by mixing a capful of liquid fabric softener in a bottle of water. Shake and spray the solution to get rid of static.
  3. Dryer Sheets – Dryer sheets are designed to reduce static buildup. Rub the surface of your upholstered furniture, such as sofas, chairs, car seats, etc., with dryer sheets to neutralize their charge.
  4. Moisturizer – You can carry static buildup on your skin. Keep your skin moisturized with lotions or moisturizer throughout the day and after you get out of the shower. Dry skin is more likely to carry a charge and shock you or someone else.
  5. Natural Fibers – Clothes made of synthetic materials, such as nylon or polyester, are more likely to carry a static charge. Instead, opt for clothing made of natural fibers, like cotton. For extra protection against charges, lightly spray your clothes with a bit of hairspray.

To learn more about electricity and electrical services, contact Lightning Bug Electric.

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