Can static electricity start a fire in my bed?
January 27, 2006 11:49 AM Subscribe
Can static electricity within one's bedding be harmful?
posted by justonegirl to Science & Nature (13 answers total)
This may sound so stupid but my level of scientific knowledge is pitiful.
My husband and I recently bought all new bedding, including high-quality cotton sheets, a down comforter with a soft flannel cover, and a Serasoft
blanket. The first night, when moving around in the dark, I noticed an alarming amount of static electricity in the blanket, visible as bright white "pops." It's been that way every night, in spite of rubbing a dryer sheet on the blanket, and I just feel a little paranoid. Google searching revealed a lot of links on static electricity related fires at fuel pumps, and one man who scorched some things with static in his clothing, but nothing bed-specific.
We're not going to catch on fire are we?