What are 2 examples of static electricity?

This is the reason why you sometimes get a shock when you touch your car or another person. Humidity is also a cure against static electricity. The water molecules, which are conductors, can prevent the build-up of excess charge on an object. The most dramatic example of static discharge is a lightning strike.

What is a static charge?

Static electricity is an imbalance of electric charges within or on the surface of a material. The charge remains until it is able to move away by means of an electric current or electrical discharge.
  • How do you stop static electricity?

    1. Use a humidifier. Static electricity is more active when the air is dry, especially in the winter months when people heat their houses, further reducing humidity in the air.
    2. Treat your carpets with an anti-static chemical.
    3. Rub upholstery with dryer sheets.
  • How does static discharge occur?

    Electrostatic discharge (ESD) is the sudden flow of electricity between two electrically charged objects caused by contact, an electrical short, or dielectric breakdown. A buildup of static electricity can be caused by tribocharging or by electrostatic induction.
  • What causes static electricity in your hair?

    The combination of cold air and low humidity can result in static electricity which causes clingy clothes and flyaway hair. When this charge build up occurs on materials that don't conduct electricity very well (like dry, damaged hair) the electrons just kind of sit there.

Updated: 4th December 2019

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