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Reduce Static Shock On Trampolines & How To Ground A Trampoline

Posted on
Dec 29, 2010
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2 mins

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The static shock is caused by an electrical charge built up in a person, changing them from being neutral to being negatively or positively charged.

Once charged, if a person then touches something that is conducive to electricity, it causes a static shock.

The cause is usually dry air and the materials that rub against each other.

It's not uncommon for people to experience static shock when jumping on your Vuly trampoline.

The material of the trampoline surface is usually the culprit. If the surface is made of nylon, it's a good conductor for electricity and can cause a static shock.

Tips to help you avoid static shock on the trampoline:

  • Go barefoot while jumping (if you prefer not to go barefoot while jumping, experiment with the soles of shoes that will reduce static shock, such as leather-soled shoes)

  • Wear cotton clothes while jumping, while avoiding wool clothing

  • Ground yourself with a metal object while jumping e.g. a coin, a key

  • Drink plenty of water before jumping

  • Keep the skin moisturised before jumping (particularly focusing on the jumper's feet)

Note: Synthetic soles are usually the worst sole to wear to reduce static shock, as they are a great conductor of electricity.

We hope you've taken away some tips to reduce those nasty static shocks.

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Grounding A Trampoline

Technically the trampoline frame is already grounded. This just means it's an object t with a direct conductive path to the earth. The jumping mat material, however, is made up of insulator material that does not conduct electricity. 

Therefore when you jump, and create friction between your clothes, skin and the polyethylene trampoline mat, typically the trampoline mat gains electrons and becomes negatively charged. 

This charge can't be dispersed because polyethylene is a good insulator. The only way to solve the problem is to ground yourself instead. All you need to do is touch the metal trampoline frame every few minutes to avoid static electricity build up. 




Victor Volynski
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Victor Volynski
Content marketer with expertise in innovative play equipment, Vic is always following the latest trends and developments in this area and trying to find the best options for maximum fun! Vic is also an ex-gymnast with 20 years of experience and holds a science degree, making him an authority on trampolines, monkey bars, and swing sets.
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