Don't You Just Hate Getting Shocked!

Static - Hair flying away from static electricity.
@wmg2006 (5383)
United States
December 4, 2006 11:13am CST
Do you get zapped everytime you touch something metal? Well I do and it gets worse in the winter! I hate getting shocked it doesn't just surprise me anymore it actually HURTS! So what can we do to stop this from happening? I have been online in search of a solution and found very few ways to stop it. I can only find out what causes it which does not help me at all. Any ideas on how to stop the SHOCK?
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24 responses
@moneyseeker (1024)
4 Dec 06
I used to get a shock off metal cupboards where I once worked but have never had it happen since. Not sure what the solution is - rubber soles?
@wmg2006 (5383)
• United States
4 Dec 06
I have rubber soles and I think they may even be causing part of the problem. It has something to do with the humidity and carpet and metal and rubber.
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@killailla (1301)
• Canada
4 Dec 06
lol i dont know how to stop it! I used to love3 that when i was a kid, now it is really really annoying!
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@wmg2006 (5383)
• United States
4 Dec 06
The only good thing I read was you could use a metal key or key ring to touch something metal and let the electricity flow through that instead of flowing through your own finger.
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@buenavida (9426)
• Sweden
8 Feb 07
That is very common here in North when it is cold and winter. Perhaps it would help to wear clothes of nature material or rinse them in that antistatic liquid that softens your laundry. You can also use a spray bottle to spray it over your furniture and carpets, most textiles at home, just mix it with water. This really worked when I had a cat and he got so electric in winter. I just treated the textiles, not the cat. :o)
@buenavida (9426)
• Sweden
9 Feb 07
A humidifier is a good solution, when the air is not dry, things don´t get so much static electricity.
@wmg2006 (5383)
• United States
18 Feb 07
These are very good ideas.
@djbtol (5497)
• United States
28 Jan 07
I often get a shock when I get out of my van. Fine getting out, but when I touch the door to close it - zap! That get's old! One possible solution would be to spray my seat with an anti-static spray. It might help.
@wmg2006 (5383)
• United States
31 Jan 07
I hate getting out of cars too. I even try to close the door with the window and still get shocked from the glass.
@NewHeart (528)
• Canada
22 Feb 07
try adding a ground strap to your vehicle which is a wire running from frame of car to the ground that will stop you getting shocked when you touch car or truck door after you get out. what happens is when you get out you are now grounded and you touch the car or truck which might have a static charge built up after driving for awhile you are now the ground and the charge has to go somewhere and your it unless you put a ground strap on the vehicle to the ground to discharge it for you before you do...
@lucy02 (5017)
• United States
27 Jan 07
I have the same problem. I automatically cringe in cold weather when I am about to touch something metal cause I know its coming.
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@wmg2006 (5383)
• United States
28 Jan 07
I know I hate thinking about anything metal in winter too.
@SimplyJo (1694)
• India
31 Jan 07
I'm very 'careful' in winters too before touching metal. gosh how i hate these shocks.
@cikedo (3486)
• United States
4 Dec 06
I only get shocked by metal when it's really cold.
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@wmg2006 (5383)
• United States
4 Dec 06
And I bet it hurts!
@msqtech (15226)
• United States
4 Dec 06
what about your girlfriend?
@kgwat70 (13395)
• United States
18 Feb 07
I not only get shocked by touching metal but I get shocked when other people touch me or vice versa. It does seem to be worse in the winter and it is annoying. I would not say it hurts but it is a nuisance for sure. I have only heard that it is cur clothes we are wearing and need to make sure we use fabric softener when putting our clothes in the dryer.
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@wmg2006 (5383)
• United States
23 Feb 07
Me too, even when my dog goes to give me a kiss we both get shocked. I use fabric softner but it does not work so well. I even have the static sray stuff which works for a few hours only.
• Malaysia
12 Feb 07
Hmmm... I've read about this symptoms from magazines only. What I understand is when the weather is too dry electricity can be produced quite easily when two surfaces make contact with each other. I am just guessing but could it be your skin is too dry at times and when your skin touches metal it will be zapped. Why not trying to wear gloves and see how it turns out to be.
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@wmg2006 (5383)
• United States
18 Feb 07
I tried the gloves and got shocked through them. I also use lotion all over my body. I have decided I am just electrifying! LOL
@villageanne (8554)
• United States
31 Jan 07
yes, I hate it and it is so cold here lately that it is happening more often. I sleep under an electric blanket and that makes it worse. It has reached a point that I keep a fabric softener sheet in my jacket pocket. I am not sure it is helping though. I still get shocked when I open the car door.
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@buenavida (9426)
• Sweden
8 Feb 07
Try to put away the electric blanket and also all electric equipment especially those with a transformator, like clock radios, tv and so on. Have them at least nine or ten feet away from your head, Then you don´t sleep in an electric field and that must be better for your health too.
@SimplyJo (1694)
• India
31 Jan 07
oh girl - you read my mind. i was JUST thinking how much i hate it. i get a shock like 8-10 times at work EVERYDAY. it sucks. really. i mean, i just hate the fact that one moment i touch everything and all is ok and right next moment i touch a chair - and bang - out of the blue - i get a shock. and i have to jerk back my hand. 2 incidents were just terrible :- like today, i was in a meeting. i touched my boss's laptop to point out something on the screen and BANG in front of everyone i got a nasty shock. then 2 days ago, a friend gave me his cell, i touched it and dropped it - guess why ? i got a shock again - his brand new cell was on the floor - i'm just thanking god it didn't break !!!
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@SimplyJo (1694)
• India
31 Jan 07
P.s - the only solution i have is to be careful. i touch things 'very' lightly once i know the 'shock mode' is on ;)
• United States
28 Jan 07
Sounds like you are talking about static electricity which does get worst in the winter. The drier the environment, the more you notice it. Most likely culprits, overdrying your clothes in the dryer, wearing those foam like flip flops on carpet, over drying your hair. The laundry dryer sheets are very helpful, not only by adding them when you dry your clothes, but keep one in your purse to run over your hair if you start getting that flyaway hair, or stay barefoot or wear rubber on carpet.
@wmg2006 (5383)
• United States
28 Jan 07
Thanks for the tip about the hair. I do get the fly away hair a lot.
@msqtech (15226)
• United States
4 Dec 06
being shocked is part of the human experience be careful not to be grounded and you wont be shocked
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@wmg2006 (5383)
• United States
27 Jan 07
How do I do this?
@caribe (2465)
• United States
4 Dec 06
I understand your problem. It is annoying and it hurts. The only suggestion I have is to use fabric softener in your clothes when you do the wash, touch metal with your keys before you touch it with your hand. You might look for some type of anti-static spray to put on your carpet. Or you could move to a warm climate. :) Good luck, it is a big problem.
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@wmg2006 (5383)
• United States
5 Dec 06
Ha warmer climate does sound good.
@gabs8513 (48710)
• United Kingdom
18 Feb 07
Yes it does Hurt lol as I used to get it all the time to. Aparently it is to much Electricity in your Body. But I have to say it hasn't happened in a little While
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@hmbw_24 (407)
• United States
18 Feb 07
the thing i hate the most about the static and such in the winter is my hair, and clothes sticking to me. i have all these pretty sweaters but they drive me crazy with the static and as for the hair well the pic you posted says it all. ive tried anti static spray and dryer sheets....only works for a minute, as for the shocks ive started closing the cardoor with the hell part of my hand instead of my fingertips... seems to hurt less.
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• Oman
12 Feb 07
i have the same problem and its a real pain. ive heard that when getting out of the car instead of sliding out like most of us do, you should just get up quickly. when you slide the frcition creates static and it comes out when you touch the metal handle. I have yet to try it though. I always forget and get a nasty reminder when i close the car door
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• United States
8 Feb 07
I don't know how to stop it either but it does hurt sometimes. This week I have been shocking the kids every time I touch them. They say ouch and then they laugh and say you shocked me, it's kinda cute. But I wish I did know how to stop it cause I hate it when I touch something metal and it shocks me like that.
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@XxAngelxX (2831)
• Canada
8 Feb 07
I only know of how to stop it in cars and with grocery carts. A chain hanging off of either (dragging on the floor or ground whatever the case may be) will stop the shocks. I hate it too, and I find it especially bad at Walmart. I don't know if it's worse there because they have carpet in the entry way or what but I always seemed to get zapped really bad there.
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@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
8 Feb 07
I know I hate it too. It has something to do with the elctricty in the air in the winter months. I dont think there is any way to prevent it.
@beckyomg1 (6758)
• United States
31 Jan 07
yes i do hate it. i really dont know what to do to stop it from happening, my house is dry so i know that i get shocked alot.
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