If you are finding the air to be a bit dry inside of your office this can cause very real issues with your business phones. When you begin to build an electrical charge in your body it can discharge as an electric shock when you touch something metal.
This not only happens when you touch a keyboard or smart phone, but when you hold a handset from a phone to your face; while the handset shell is plastic, there’s s a metal microphone and receiver near your lips and ear. Sometimes the charge builds up so much that your phone will actually reset and you’ll get cut-off. It could even damage the handset microphone, phone, or even the station card in the business phone system.
There are three ways to stop the damage to your electronic equipment:
1. There is a special grounding wrist strap that will prevent the electric charge from building up in your body from accumulating. But if you don’t want to wear a wrist strap at all times you can also;
2. Use certain chemicals to lessen the amount of static electricity transferred from the flooring and chairs to the humans using them. Still not something you want to do? You can also;
3. Humidify the air to the point where there are no more static charges being built-up in your body.
In our opinion, the only sane solution is number three. Here are some ways to humidify the air:
• Have a carpet company treat the carpets and chairs with anti-static solution
• Treat the carpets and chairs with anti-static solution yourself
• Purchase unscented fabric softener and a spray bottle. Fill the sprayer with a 50/50 mixture of fabric softener and water, and generously spray the your carpet, chairs and tile floors This can be the most cost-effective way of doing it. You will probably only need to do it twice during the winter.