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Why Does My Light Switch Keep Shocking Me?

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What are the main concerns of light switch shocks?

Have you ever walked into one of your rooms, reached for the light switch, and got shocked by an unexpected static discharge? You might wonder if there is more to know about this “shocking” circumstance than just a spark at your fingers.  Let’s discuss why turning on that light switch bolted at you.

What are the Main Concerns of Static Shocks?

You might have been shocked when you touched your light switch because there is built-up static electricity, faulty light switch, outdated electrical switch, or faulty appliances/electrical devices. While the amount of static discharge received from touching a light switch is not hazardous, it can be painful based on different situations.

You should be concerned about sudden electrical discharges, particularly when it continuously comes from the same fixture. An ongoing electrical discharge can mean faulty wiring or fixtures, and professional electricians need to be contacted to handle an investigation immediately.

Can Static Shock Make You Sick?

A static shock can make your earlobes itch and your hair feel like it’s crawling. Most often, there isn’t sufficient current to produce permanent damage to the human body. The most feared narratives of static electricity have to do with fuel types and the contact between sparks and gasoline. As long as there isn’t any fuel actively available near the offending light switch, it’s unlikely that you will worry about an event like this happening.  

Can You Have a Delayed Reaction to an Electrical Shock?

Although there are mild effects of an electric discharge from your light switch, it’s essential to know that there are rare events that a sudden electrical shock may provoke. Any small or significant damage to the nervous system should be taken seriously, but most persons have a slight chance of danger.  

What Can You Do if You Receive an Unexpected Shock?

If you have constantly received a significant shock from the same fixture, make sure to look into it. Better yet, contact an electrician. It would help if you taped off a potentially damaged wired switch with masking tape to prevent anybody touching the defective surface. If necessary, remember to note any apparent damage or missing parts of the fixture before it’s covered so you can report it to an electrician.

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