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Static Shocks

Postby whoopsie » Tue Jan 26, 2010 1:40 pm

I keep getting static shocks at work and it's really annoying me. It's been happening ever since they installed new security entrances. I'm the only one that gets them and they really hurt. Everytime I press the button to open the door, anything metal that I touch and walk past. All my clothes turn static and my trousers stick to my legs.

Sorry, just wanted to rant. Does anyone know why you get static shocks and how to stop them??
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Re: Static Shocks

Postby mattmxl » Tue Jan 26, 2010 3:48 pm

Your clothes rubbing against your skin can cause things like that, it builds up an energy that then looks to displace itself or something like that. Thats why balloon's stick to the wall when you rub them on your jumper sleeve. You can remove static charge by touching any sort of insulator with your hands. Just before you go through these gates, touch a doorframe, that'll expel the energy away and you shouldn't get a shock from it.
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Re: Static Shocks

Postby peecee » Tue Jan 26, 2010 4:04 pm

This is a good question, because I get static shocks from my car door, but only in warm weather.

If you google "static shocks causes", there are 15 billion links, so we're obviously not the only weirdos around... :wink:

Here's one for starters;
http://www.static-sol.com/articles/static_shocks.html
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Re: Static Shocks

Postby snail » Tue Jan 26, 2010 6:02 pm

I get them from everything. I'm known to acquaintances as The Incredible Electric Woman :o
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Re: Static Shocks

Postby whoopsie » Wed Jan 27, 2010 12:58 am

I always wear woollen clothes to work, polo necks etc so i wonder if that has anything to do with it. I usually cover my hand with my sleeve but that doesn't work. I end up saying OW really loud and people laugh at me :(
i did look at the link peecee but it was a little bit too scientific for me!
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Re: Static Shocks

Postby highlandcow » Wed Jan 27, 2010 7:36 pm

whoopsie wrote:I end up saying OW really loud and people laugh at me


I do the exact same thing!
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Re: Static Shocks

Postby peecee » Wed Jan 27, 2010 7:50 pm

Whoopsie, I started a response to this earlier today, but real life (aka WORK :evil: ) stopped me in my tracks.

Right, if an old gal like me can understand that particular link (and I'm not saying I CAN... :oops: ), a clever girly you certainly can! :P

To summarise briefly the bits I DID understand; we should

* Wear leather-soled shoes.
* Wear COTTON clothes (as you do, in Winter...).
* Use hand lotion if you have dry skin.
* Touch something metal with a key before you touch it with your hand.

Ideally we should humidify the air where we work, but we're not really supposed to spit on the carpet and rub it in. *shrugs*

I know that when I shut my car door in Summer, I use my elbow, but you can't use your elbow for everything, especially if you're in a pub.

I'm going to keep on working on this one, hun! If I bore everybody around me, I'll just say "Whoopsie started it", and nobody will be at all surprised... :D

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Re: Static Shocks

Postby dipsydoodlenoodle » Thu Jan 28, 2010 2:23 pm

whoopsie wrote:I always wear woollen clothes to work, polo necks etc so i wonder if that has anything to do with it.


It does depend on your clothing, the carpet/flooring, your shoes...if it keeps happening then try and wear different clothes or different shoes. I get them from my car and gate when I wear certain shoes.
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Re: Static Shocks

Postby ToriL87 » Thu Jan 28, 2010 10:33 pm

I tend to give other people shocks..but don't get them that often, although i have a wollen jumper (it's like mohair) and when i take it off over my head i can hear crackles of static and it makes my hair really static...
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Re: Static Shocks

Postby Bel Bel » Wed Feb 03, 2010 2:13 pm

I get this from cars but also if I wear trousers with man made fibres near the freezer section in tescos my legs go all prickly and i get a rash :o
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Re: Static Shocks

Postby ToriL87 » Wed Feb 03, 2010 5:35 pm

Bel Bel, that made me laugh...rashes aren't at all funny though so i do apologise :P
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Re: Static Shocks

Postby Wave Knight » Thu Feb 04, 2010 10:14 am

Bel Bel wrote:I get this from cars but also if I wear trousers with man made fibres near the freezer section in tescos my legs go all prickly and i get a rash :o


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Re: Static Shocks

Postby whoopsie » Thu Feb 04, 2010 12:23 pm

I'm just wondering how many different pairs of trousers you wore down the freezer section to rule others out, and how you came to realise what was causing it...
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Re: Static Shocks

Postby Bel Bel » Thu Feb 04, 2010 1:57 pm

I didn't realise for ages and kept mentioning to people and someone said it was nylon causing it. Once I had that little seed planted in my head I figured it out.
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Re: Static Shocks

Postby ToriL87 » Fri Feb 05, 2010 4:43 pm

i was in Sainsburys yesterday and couldn't resist walking down the freezer isle in my work trousers (which are a pretty horrible navy pair of trousers which definately have man made fibres) but nothing happened :( which makes me wonder they only had the stand up freezers with the doors...so is it only the open chest freezers that cause this...
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