Static electricity — Class of phenomena involving the imbalanced charge present on an object, typically referring to charge with voltages of sufficient magnitude to produce visible attraction (e.g., static cling), repulsion, and sparks.
What is the most common cause of static charge?
The main causes of static electricity are: Contact and separation between two materials (including friction, travelling over rollers, etc) Rapid heat change (e.g. material going through an oven)
What are the problems caused by static electricity?
Here are some examples of dangers associated with static electricity: It is dangerous when there are flammable gases or a high concentration of oxygen. A spark could ignite the gases and cause an explosion. It is dangerous when you touch something with a large electric charge on it.
How do you avoid static shocks?
You could always purposefully discharge yourself every once in a while. If you carry a metal object like a coin, key or paper clip around with you, and touch it to something metal in your house, any electrons stuck to your body will flow through the metal and away, preventing the “jumping” effect that causes a shock.