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.
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.
- 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.
- Treat your carpets with an anti-static chemical.
- Rub upholstery with dryer sheets.
- Static electricity occurs when there is an imbalance of positively and negatively charged atoms. Two examples of static electricity are lightning and rubbing your feet on the carpet and then touching a doorknob. Current electricity is a constant flow of electrons.
- 1. Static electricity is caused by the build up of electrical charges on the surface of objects, while current electricity is a phenomenon from the flow of electrons along a conductor. 2. When objects are rubbed, a loss and/or gain of electrons occurs, which results in the phenomenon of static electricity.
Updated: 22nd September 2018