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How Static Electricity Can Affect Your Business

Nearly everyone remembers the static demonstration from their youth: taking a balloon, rubbing it against your sweater, and lifting it above your head to make your hair stand up. Static electricity, in this case, occurs when two objects rub against each other. As one object loses its electrons (becoming more positively charged), the other collects electrons (becoming more negatively charged). 

While the balloon example is a relatively harmless demonstration that never fails to entertain and educate, our commercial electricians understand that static electricity can be dangerous. In fact, it can damage electronics and potentially initiate explosions, compromising your company’s property and data.

The Dangers of Static Shock

Creating a static shock can be dangerous in certain situations. For example, gasoline or other airborne flammable materials in the area can create explosions when in contact with static shocks. In very rare, yet possible situations, they can also be dangerous for those with pacemakers.

In truth, it is rather unlikely someone in your workplace would suffer an injury as a result of a static electricity encounter. However, items in your workplace, such as computers, machinery, and other electronics will be prone to damage caused by electrostatic discharge (ESD). Energy from a shock will reach the closest object along its path, potentially destroying integral elements of your workplace.

Preventing Equipment Damage from Static Electricity

Besides being informed, it’s crucial to familiarize yourself with how to prevent damage from static electricity to equipment. Consider implementing the following preventative measures:

To avoid damage by static electricity, it’s imperative to be precautious, informed, and aware. Contact our team to ensure your commercial facility is properly protected from power surges and electrical storms. It’s worth noting that surge protectors can help ensure your building and electrical systems are fully intact and correctly grounded. Lastly, having designated “zones of protection” can not only render the electric devices safer but also keep employees and property visitors protected.

This is particularly crucial for items like your server, where critical data is stored. Unregulated, unexpected power is detrimental to your electronics and equipment, whether the cause is your feet on the carpet or a lightning strike. It’s always better (and more cost-effective) to be safe than sorry!

For more information about how our commercial electrical installation professionals can help protect you and your business, contact Ocean Coast today!

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