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Just to add also be aware of your surroundings like what your carpet is made of also take your shoes off - that makes a big difference!
I am lucky I have 100% natural carpet (althgough not exactly my style) I can chuck my pics round the room (and often do when programs don't work lol!) and they always live to see the next 'burning' session!
One little thing ive often wandered before. Is it not possible for the chip it'self to be charged, and by grouding yourself and in turn picking the charged chip and hence discharging the chip in the process - now could that not damage the chip as well? does the 1M safety resistor in a strap also double up to limit the discharge?