# Question: How can static electricity be generated?

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Static electricity is generated by friction between two insulating materials. When the materials are rubbed together, electrons are removed from atoms within the materials, giving rise to a static electric charge.

## What are three ways we can generate static electricity?

Methods. There are three ways to charge an object: friction, conduction and induction.

## Can a person generate static electricity?

Static electricity is produced when the positive and negative charges of an atom are out of balance. Some objects such as wool, glass, human skin and hair are more likely to accumulate electric charges and have static electricity.

## What are the causes of static electricity generation?

The main causes of static electricity are:

• Contact and separation between two materials (including friction, travelling over rollers, etc)
• Rapid heat change (e.g. material going through an oven)
• High energy radiation, UV, X-ray, intense electric fields (not very common in industry)

## Can static electricity hurt you?

You might even see a spark if the discharge of electrons is large enough. The good news is that static electricity can’t seriously harm you. Your body is composed largely of water and water is an inefficient conductor of electricity, especially in amounts this small. Not that electricity can’t hurt or kill you.

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## Can static electricity hurt your heart?

As little as 0.2 Amps can be fatal depending on the person because of its effect on the heart. This is the reason why the much lower voltage of a wall outlet can kill you. The average socket you’d see in a home puts out somewhere between 10 and 20 Amps to power your electronic devices.

## Is static bad for health?

Although static electricity is not a direct threat for human life, an electric shock produced by a static charge can cause a shock, and if we were on a raised area, we could suffer an important lesion because of the fall.

## How much static electricity can you generate?

One experimenter estimates the capacitance of the human body as high as 400 picofarads, and a charge of 50,000 volts, discharged e.g. during touching a charged car, creating a spark with energy of 500 millijoules. Another estimate is 100–300 pF and 20,000 volts, producing a maximum energy of 60 mJ.

## How do you make static electricity with a comb?

You can observe static electricity if you run a plastic comb through your hair, then place the comb near small pieces of paper. The paper is attracted to the comb. This happens because the charged comb induces an opposite charge in the paper and as opposite charges attract, the paper sticks to the comb.

## How does aluminum foil make static electricity?

Crumple an 8-inch square piece of aluminum foil into a ball around the end of a foot long piece of thread. Then hang it where it can swing freely. Charge the balloon on your hair and move it slowly toward the foil ball. The ball will be attracted to the balloon.

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