Where does static electricity come from and how to avoid it?

This phenomenon surprises every time it occurs, moreover, very often in winter. Although not in itself a hazard, static electricity remains insignificant. And yet it is really very easy to avoid it.

Why does it occur?

Voluntarily exposing yourself to static electricity is not complicated. For example, rubbing a plastic ruler on a woolen piece of clothing is enough. But most of the time this phenomenon occurs happens suddenly and surprises with its “click” or crackling spark. This is the case, for example, when you kiss someone, close the car door or take off an article of clothing (e.g. a hat). The fact is that static electricity is electricity like any other. The difference, however, is in the tension. This is extremely low, much lower than the overwhelming majority of other types of electrocution. However, this tension is so small that it cannot be represented no danger to our body.

This phenomenon occurs when Friction between two materials normally neutral, ie with as many positive charges as negative charges. However, one of the two materials “snatches” electrons from the other when it touches it. So one has a negative charge and the other has a positive charge.

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How to avoid it?

Note that static electricity will occur more often in winter. In reality, everything depends on the clothes you wear. In fact, synthetic materials and wool are more capable of donating electrons than cotton. Another reason: cold winter air is drier than in summer. However, static electricity is more likely to occur in the absence of moisture.

There are a few tips for that to protect yourself from these weak discharges electric acc consoglobe. For example, it is about avoiding the association of clothing made of cotton and wool or other materials that can “oppose”. A little tip for people with beanies: spritz on a little hairspray to keep your hair from being upside down.

Since the lack of moisture is one of the components of the problem, Equip yourself with a humidifier or the installation of equipment can have a positive effect. The same goes for grooming your hair and moisturizing your skin (especially your hands). For shoes, leather soles are preferable to rubber soles. Finally, it is advisable pour a little vinegar in the washing machine and/or baking soda before switching on.

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