Ask an expert
Question

24 Dec 2002

electricity
What causes static electricity in people? I have to close my car door touching the window and when I touch any metal I discharge. Sometimes even when I touch another person they get zapped.
Answer 358 views
Expert
CyberDoc
CyberDoc

01 Jan 0001

Charged, it happens when friction causes charges to polarise and negative electrons build up. When you then touch something that it grounded, you discharge. The funny thing is that it shouldn’t happen when you touch your car as your car is insulated from the ground by the tires. One can reason that the car is connected to the battery, but I doubt that it’s enough. Maybe you should have the car checked and not yourself. :-)
The information provided does not constitute a diagnosis of your condition. You should consult a medical practitioner or other appropriate health care professional for a physical examination, diagnosis and formal advice. Health24 and the expert accept no responsibility or liability for any damage or personal harm you may suffer resulting from making use of this content.