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Cathy in IL

How do I control static electricity in my house?

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This house is really dry, and I am guessing that is why we have a real problem with static electricity. It is so bad that I can't even hug or kiss my girls at night without giving them a shock. If the lights are out, you can actually see flashes of light when I touch my kids or when the move around under the covers. It is worst in my dd's room. I have tried humidifiers, but they don't seem to be working. Is there anything else that could cause this or anything I can do to stop it?

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Do you have a humidifier on your furnace or just in one room? We have one on the furnace and I can always tell when it is time to turn it on, I start itching. I am not sure that smaller ones can handle the whole house.

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I have two upstairs. I will look into one for the furnace. It is a really old furnace, so I wonder if that will matter. This house was built in about 1890.

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I've boiled/simmered a pot of water on the stove for an hour or so. (Just don't leave it unattended!)

 

Or you could fill a crock-pot with water, and leave it uncovered on High for a few hours. That ususally helps here.

 

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Not sure about the house (sounds like you could have cool science experiments :) but if you walk barefoot in the house, that will help with the touching as your shoes conduct electricity. Also I think I remember reading that wearing clothes of natural fibers (cotton or linen vs. polyester) may help.

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