Why do I keep getting static shocks?

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Offline thedoc

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Why do I keep getting static shocks?
« on: 20/08/2013 07:30:02 »
Sharma Sewjalal  asked the Naked Scientists:
   
Body electrically charged - when I touch the metal door handle at  home or the car, the metal shelving in shops or someone, I get an 'electrical shock'. Is it because I work most of the day on the computer?

This happens often. How can I overcome this?

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Sharma
South Africa
Johannesburg

What do you think?
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Re: Why do I keep getting static shocks?
« Reply #1 on: 20/08/2013 10:24:48 »
... when I touch the metal door handle at  home or the car, the metal shelving in shops or someone, I get an 'electrical shock'... This happens often. How can I overcome this?

Change your footwear ...
https://www.google.com/search?site=imghp&tbm=isch&source=hp&q=ESD+shoes

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electrostatic_discharge

[ BTW not caused by computer ... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tribocharging#Cause ]
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Re: Why do I keep getting static shocks?
« Reply #2 on: 20/08/2013 21:30:51 »
When I used to work on early computers that had components sensitive to electrostatic discharges I used to work bare foot ( take care you don't touch any live mains lines !)
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