What NOT to Wear NYE

What are your plans for New Year’s Eve? If you’re a Bostonian, you might be considering going into town for First Night.  For those who do not know, First Night Boston festivities include a ‘Celebrate Boston’ parade, live musical performances, intricate and detailed ice sculptures by renowned artists and a “dramatic” fireworks show at the stroke of midnight over Boston Harbor.  It’s a fun-filled day/night for the over one million attendees, both young and old alike.

 

As the clock approaches the midnight hour on December 31st; the fireworks team will be in position to put on an amazing fireworks display.  The pyrotechnic experts might need to choose their wardrobe wisely.   Did you know that static electricity in synthetic clothing can ignite fireworks?   A static discharge from the clothing in proximity to the fireworks can create the spark that causes ignition.   Most fabrics will burn, especially synthetic clothing materials such as nylon, acrylic, and polyester.  These materials in particular are good at building a static charge and holding onto that static charge – which can result in a sparking.   Think of what happens while walking across the carpet and touching the door knob in the middle of the winter.  We don’t want to start the New Year out with this kind of a bang & have people plunging into the Boston Harbor to douse the flames, do we?   We want the fireworks team to stay out of danger and the Bostonian’s to enjoy a safe and wonderful evening.   When static issues arise in Electronics, Industrial and Life Science applications, please consider Static Clean as your solutions provider.    May you all have a Happy and Prosperous New Year!

 2015 New Years Fireworks Display

Enjoy the Gargill’s family video of the 2015 First Night Festivities:

Sources:

http://www.boston-discovery-guide.com/first-night-boston.html

http://www.cityofpasadena.net/Fire/Flammable_Fabrics/

http://www.physics.org/facts/toast-static.asp