Anti Static Mat
What does an Anti Static Mat do
An Anti static mat protects a piece of equipment like a PC from an electrostatic discharge (ESD). Many electronic components are sensitive to static electricity or ESD.
An anti static mat contains a conductive material that accumulates static electricity. Because it collects electricity, it needs to be grounded or earthed to safely discharge the electricity. This is accomplished by plugging it into a grounded electrical outlet.
How to use an Anti Static Mat
The anti static mat is placed on or under equipment sensitive to static electricity (ESD). They are particularly useful when working on computer components. Once an anti static mat is grounded, it is important not to lift the component or equipment off the mat because it will be susceptible to ESD.