Grounding is the most common way to combat static electricity. “The single most important concept in the field of static control is grounding. Attaching all electrically conductive and dissipative items in the workplace to ground allows built-up electrostatic charges to equalize with ground potential. A grounded conductor cannot hold a static charge.” – “ANSI / ESD 6.1 ESD Association Standard for the Protection of Electrostatic Discharge Susceptible Items – Grounding”.
Ionization is an alternative to grounding. It is the process of charging air molecules positively and negatively to balance the charge on the surface of ungrounded objects.