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Were Shocked Because Today Is National Static Electricity Day

Remember scuffing your socked feet across the carpeting and zapping your friend or sibling when you were a kid?  We referred to them as the Static Electricity Wars.  Well don't be too shocked, but today is National Static Electricity Day!
How exactly do you celebrate?  We've conducted some research and have some jolting answers for you.  :)
Now, normally we'd try to give you the origins of any "national" off-beat holiday but we've searched but came up short.  Maybe it was a date that someone discovered or published how static electricity works, maybe it was a blank date on the calendar. So in lieu of the origins, we will discuss what static electricity is, it's dangers, and how to avoid getting zapped when you pet your cat, or touch something metallic. 
 According to NationalDayCalendar.com, some materials hold their electrons (called insulators) while other materials, like metal, allow their electrons to pass freely (called conductors).  When there is friction between two "insulators" electrons are transferred which causes positive and negative charges.  And since opposites attract, and charges need to be back in balance, static electricity is discharged - normally when an insulator comes in contact with a conductor. They do have some good advice too on how to avoid getting zapped too:
  • Use a humidifier.  The moisture in air will help reduce the amount of static electricity.
  • Moisturize your skin.
  • Wear clothes from nature fabrics.  They will reduce the amount of static electricity stirred up.
  • Hold a key or metal pen while walking around.  It will help discharge static build-up harmlessly.
  • Leather-soled shoes help reduce static build-up more than rubber-soled shoes.
  
Here are some interesting facts about static electricity from, Static Stop, a company that specializes in reducing the helps prevent the chance of static electricity discharge that may damage business machines:
  • Printers and copiers use static to attract the ink or toner to the paper
  • One spark of static can measure thousands of volts
  • Humidity can decrease the chance of electrostatic discharge
  • ESD-sensitive materials can be damaged with as little as 100 volts of ESD
  • Lighting is a form of static electricity
  • The reason it is called “static” is that there is no current or flow of electrons
  • There are dozens of industries impacted by ESD in the workplace
  • Static build happens on our bodies nearly every time we move, not just when we rub our feet on the carpet
  • Static can occur on more flooring than just carpet
  • Given the right circumstances, static electricity has been known to start fires, cause explosions, and cause serious harm to those in the vicinity when it occurred.
 For some of pranksters, discharging static electricity can be a lot of fun.  Just remember that your "victims" may not share your same enthusiasm!
 Happy National Static Electricity Day!  Thanks for reading, thank you for sharing!