I have recently been getting slight shocks from different things . I
noticed it from a Photographic Flash Unit that has a metal body and again
from the fixing screws on light switches when I accidentally touched it
instead of the rocker . If I touch these items immediately after there is
no repeat until sometime later . The light units have been recently PAT
I presume this is static emanating from somewhere but is there anything I
can do to prevent it ?.
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Static is a brief high voltage shock, just as you first touch an item.
If you touch the same item again imediately, you will not receive a
shock if it is static discharge.
It can be caused by walking over nylon carpets plus similar, in a very
dry environment and made made shoes.
If not the above, get things checked out as a matter of urgency.
One thing that can help a lot is to hold onto something metallic, like
a key, and offer that up to door handles etc. You can sometimes see
the static jump quite a distance. The use of a key (etc) tends to
remove the problem as the discharge takes place over a larger area of
Solutions to the problem can include the following.
1) You may be wearing nylon clothing (underwear etc). Change to
2) The soles of your shoes may be non-conducting (rubber for example).
You can hang a small wire out of the back of your shoe, similar idea
to those anti-static straps that are available for car bumpers.
Alternatively change to different footwear. The wire basically earths
the static as you walk along. Walking in unshoed feet you probably
will never have the problem - it's you that's charged up, not the door
3) You may have a very dry atmosphere, in which static breeds. Can be
helped a lot by adding some moisture to the air. Open some windows
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