How to Prevent Static Shock

You sometimes get a shock that startles you unexpectedly. This is due to static shock. Static shock is generated when two objects that have opposite charges come in contact with each other. You must have experience it many a times and wonder how to prevent static shock. These shocks are uncomfortable if they occur frequently and you can prevent them using the tips that are given below.

How to prevent static shock:

Use cotton fabric:

  • Cotton clothes are found to hold static electricity. If you experience frequent static shocks, then prefer wearing cotton clothes.
  • Furniture’s that are made from plastic are efficient generators of static electricity. If you have such furniture in your house then cover them using cotton covers so that there is a barrier between you and the furniture.
  • Avoid using carpets made of synthetic materials; they are static electricity generators and can increase the chances of static shock.

Soles of your shoes:

  • Experiment with different types of soles to reduce the risk of static shock.
  • Shoes made from leather soles are a good option to prevent static shocks.

Preventing static shock while getting down from a car:

  • Continuous motion between two objects causes continuous friction between the objects that result in static shock.
  • Most of the times people experience static shocks when they sit in cars and touch the car. People believe that the car is charged, but that is not the case. When they sit in the car the friction between the car’s chair and the person generates static charge between both of them.
  • To avoid static shock, when you are getting out of the car, hold the metal handle of the car before you get down from the car and keep this frame holding unless you get down from the car.

Increase humidity in house:

  • When there is less humidity in the atmosphere, the static effects of objects increase. Therefore, in winters you experience frequent static shocks as compared to other seasons.
  • If you use air conditioners in your house regularly or your house has high levels of insulation, the air inside your house is less humid.
  • In such cases you need to use humidifiers or radiator hung water heaters. Allow the air to move freely inside your house. This will help in making the air inside your house humid.
  • You can also make the dry air inside your house humid by keeping some water in open and a wide dish in the window. When the water from the dish evaporates, air  moistens and reduces the chances of a static shock.
  • Humidity inside the house should be more than 30% r.h.

Prevent static shock to your hair:

  • Keeping your hair wet will help you reduce the risk of static shock.
  • If your hair stands erect in the morning when you get up, then you need to do something to prevent this as it due to the static charges that are generated in your body.
  • To prevent static shock in your hair, oil them regularly. Especially, in winters.
  • While combing and styling your hair apply some water to your hair. This will make hair wet, which is less prone to static shocks.
  • Use products that are meant to prevent static shocks in your hair.
  • Carry anti static dryer sheets in your pockets to prevent static shock.

Preventing static shocks when working with electrical components:

  • Make sure that all the electrical appliances in your house are earthed well. Doing this you transfer the extra electrical charge that is present in the electrical appliances to the ground so that when you touch them you do not experience static shock.
  • When working with any appliance in your house make sure that you wear static control belts so that the charges are not transferred to you and you get a static shock.
  • Wear leather shoes or slippers while you are touching any electrical appliances in your house that are not grounded or connected to a neutralizing charge.

Some other methods:

  • Shave the hair on your legs to prevent static shocks. Many a times this works prevent you from the static shocks that you get when you sit in a plastic chair.
  • Parts of the body such as elbow, arm and legs are the most sensitive parts. Make less use of such parts.

Static shock does not cause any complications in the body, but the reflex action that we produce when we get a static shock may injure us. You can follow the tips given above and prevent static shock.


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