Have you ever experienced static electricity?
Imagine turning on the heater while combing your hair, you will be sure to experience the hair immediately standing up. During the winter time, the human body tends to sweat less which leads to less moisture to take away the electricity. When the RH (relative humidity) is lower than 50%, it is more likely to generate static electricity due to the accumulated electrons that may be triggered by any friction in the relatively dry surroundings.
How is static electricity generated?
Objects with different materials or structures around them have positive and negative electricity, and the same amount of positive and negative electricity on general objects will achieve electrical balance. When an object rubs against a different object, it disrupts the electrical balance. The positive and negative electric flow between objects, the state of losing balance is called static electricity. When it is separated, it will quickly release electricity, and the sound of electricity will be heard and even small sparks will be heard.
Clothing choices that reduce static electricity on a daily basis
Humid environments and the use of clothing materials with high moisture content helps to reduce the generation of static electricity. Generally speaking, natural fibres produce less static electricity than synthetic fibres. Despite the fact that synthetic fibres do not absorb nor possess any moisture as natural fibres, we may still enhance the moisture absorption of the fabric by adopting suitable additives to improve the wearing comfort.
Garments that professionally reduce static electricity
In the age of machinery, on which the sun never sets around the world, any industry relies heavily on electricity, electricians, factories, gas stations or laboratory workers in high-risk working environments cannot afford to make any mistakes for even a splash of static electricity may lead to unpredictable explosions and damages. On the premise of having adequate protective disciplines, it is equally important to equip each individual with the proper body protection. Under these circumstances, clothing becomes the most effective approach to offer protection for the massive cover of the human body. If the fabric contains anti-static components, it can effectively discharge the flickering static electricity and reduce the formation of flammable static sparks.
For those who work in explosive working environments such as oil and gas, chemical and general manufacturing, or workers in potentially explosive work environments where vapours evaporate, wearing functional workwear can greatly reduce accidents and provide valuable seconds of protection and avoid heat hazards at work. Article No. AP002QZ is not only anti-static but also functions as a flame retardant. This iconic fabric is known for its lightweight quality as well as its full protectivity from chemical spills, which serves to minimize the damage if ever any accidents are unavoidable.
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