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Why do I always get shocked during the winter when I touch a light switch or doorknob?
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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology
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In brief: Static shock
In the winter, when the air is dry and conducts electricity poorly, and you walk with dry shoes, especially with rubber soles, across a wool rug, your body accumulates a charge that in moist air would spontaneously leave.
Then when you touch a metal point which goes to ground, the charge you have accumulated jumps to the ground and you feel the static shock. This is harmless but gets your notice.

In brief: Static shock
In the winter, when the air is dry and conducts electricity poorly, and you walk with dry shoes, especially with rubber soles, across a wool rug, your body accumulates a charge that in moist air would spontaneously leave.
Then when you touch a metal point which goes to ground, the charge you have accumulated jumps to the ground and you feel the static shock. This is harmless but gets your notice.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Dr. Jeffrey Miller
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
In brief: Shock
In the dry weather, you can build up an electric charge called an electrostatic charge that is high enough in voltage to cause a spark when the body touches something that conducts electricity that is at a different voltage level, ie ground.
The current level is very low making it harmless although it can set a flammable substance like gasoline on fire.

In brief: Shock
In the dry weather, you can build up an electric charge called an electrostatic charge that is high enough in voltage to cause a spark when the body touches something that conducts electricity that is at a different voltage level, ie ground.
The current level is very low making it harmless although it can set a flammable substance like gasoline on fire.
Dr. Jeffrey Miller
Dr. Jeffrey Miller
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