How to Prevent Static Electricity Damage to Electronic Devices

by Contributor

Static electricity poses a constant danger to electronic devices. While most devices are shielded on the outside, they are usually very vulnerable when one device is being plugged into another. For example, if your body had built up a static charge, you could easily destroy your PC by connecting a digital camera or MP3 player via the USB port. There are, however some precautions you can take that will protect you from a potentially expensive loss. Read on to learn how to prevent static electricity damage to electronic devices.

Think before you connect. Anytime you are about to connect one device to another, consider the level of risk in the current situation. The risk is much higher on a dry cold day, than on a rainy warm day. The risk is also increased if you are standing on carpet instead of a wood or concrete floor.

Remove your shoes before you connect your device. This is especially important if you are in a carpeted room.

Ground yourself, if at all possible. The center screw on most electrical outlets is grounded. Touching your finger to this screw will dissipate any charge you may be carrying. If you really want to be safe, then ground your computer as well, by running a copper wire form the case to the screw on the outlet.

Get a grounding bracelet. These are sold at most computer stores. It is a bracelet worn on the wrist with a wire coming out that you can attach to ground. This is particularly useful if you intend to work on the insides of your computer or electronic device.

Use wireless devices whenever possible. Wireless devices eliminate the danger of static discharge, since they do not physically connect with your computer or other devices.

Warning

  • close Always use caution when working with electrical systems. If you do not understand how to ground yourself, consult an electrician.

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