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Static Electricity and Its Potential Risks

Melissa Shea-Brooks

Remember when you used to rub a balloon on your head and slowly pull it away from you to see that is was pulling your hair too? Or when you could hear the static frizz sound and little shocks if you and another person touch in a certain way? While static electricity can be fun in the moments mentioned above, it can be downright devastating to your electronics and machinery.
Many electrical engineers will agree that static electricity is extremely harmful to electronics, electronic components, and machinery.

Understanding Static Electricity

In order to fully comprehend the dangers of static electricity, we must first understand it. What is static electricity? A little zap? Maybe a pop? Sure, it can be, but we need to go deeper than that. Static electricity is considered an imbalance of electrical charges on or within the material's surface. The charge between the two stays unless it is able to move away by the means of an electrical discharge or current.

Internal Computer Parts Are Sitting Ducks When it Comes to Static Electricity

Serious damage can occur to your hard drive if it gets 'zapped' with even the tiniest amount of static electricity. It is possible that a hard drive can be susceptible to a shock at such a low voltage that even we can't feel! If your computer has more circuitry than others, you are extremely susceptible. Microchip damage can occur at as low as 10 volts, when humans will not be able to perceive that electricity until it is at around 1,500 volts.

Bond and Ground

A bond is the connection that two or more conductive objects together with a conductor that equalizes the potential charge between them. A ground is a connection that one or more conductive objects directly to the earth with a conducting device. If you use industrial filters, you must be sure to note the following safety precautions. Filters should be enclosed in a grounded metal enclosure. Liners can generate static charges when dragged along other materials or pulled apart. All metallic equipment should be bond and ground.

What Does Burnett Offer Static Electricity Wise?

Many of the products that we manufacture and sell are electro-static dissipative (ESD), in other words, they are anti-static. Most of them will not build up static charge. Our products that are ESD are: our crevice tool, down-sized crevice tool, tube hose adapter, keyboard brush, 8ft stretch hose ESD, ESD wrist strap, LaserVac Shark 9000-II (1 speed), and LaserVac Shark 9000-II (2 speed).
If you are in need of ESD Protection for your vacuum follow the link to our Shop page below: *Note: Items above are not in order on the Website. We would recommend to adjust the order to “Alphabetical Order A-Z” on the right hand side of the page for the quickest results.*

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