A synthetic Halloween costume rubbing against a car seat. A live Christmas tree left unwatered in a room with low humidity.
If we were playing Jeopardy, these clues could be matched to the question: “What holiday-related examples contribute to static-friendly conditions?” Otherwise known as sources of Electrostatic Discharge (ESD).
The thing is that static electricity is not a game. True, many of us are used to the everyday, yet annoying, incidents created by static charges—like getting zapped when you touch a doorknob during dry weather. But, under certain circumstances, the sparks and shocks of static electricity can be downright scary. They can destroy sensitive electronic equipment or trigger fires and explosions, causing significant damage to property and life.
Speaking of which…
Ciena has a safety-related online course—ESD, Laser Safety, and Fiber Cleaning—that sheds some light on the sources of ESD, as well as the precautions that can be used to minimize its risk, amongst other things. And, like all the other courses in our Open Curriculum catalog, it is available to you completely, 100% free.
Many describe it as 30-minutes well spent. Feel free to let me know if you agree.