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Why do I get electric shocks off everything I touch, what causes static electricity and is it worse in cold weather?

IT may comes as a shock but the Beast from the East has been unleashing mini electrocution as well as heaps of snow.

People across Britain have been experiencing static shocks during the big freeze – and here’s why.

 Millions more people are receiving mini electric shocks


Millions more people are receiving mini electric shocksCredit: Getty – Contributor

Why do I keep getting electric shocks off everything I touch?

We’ve all had that slightly embarrassing zap moment when we reach out to shake someone’s hand.

Or maybe you go to open a car door and a tiny jolt of electricity shoots through your body.

There even seems to be a clicking noise.

The phenomenon is known as a static electricity shock.

What causes static electricity?

It can happen when you pick up too many ultra tiny things called electrons – sometimes from certain fabrics – which are negatively charged.

But when they come into contact with a positively charged surface – often metal – the negatively charged neutrons what to jump on to it.

The sheer speed of their quick movement causes the tiny shock you feel.

Are static shocks worse in the cold weather?

Static shocks are more common when it’s cold and dry.

This dry, cold air holds less water vapour than warm summer air.

When the air is like this, it’s not as easy for the charge to run into the air.  Therefore it builds up on our bodies.

So, when you touch something like a metal doorknob or car door, those extra electrons will rapidly leave your body and give you the shock.

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