While performing hardware upgrades on a client's desktop computer in the office, you notice a small carpeted area in the vicinity where you are placed to work. You understand the importance of minimizing the risk of electrostatic discharge (ESD). What should be the FIRST action you take before proceeding with the hardware installation?
Rub your hands on the carpet to discharge static before handling components.
Begin work as usual, carpeting does not influence static electricity.
Put on an ESD strap and attach it to a grounded metal object.
Lay the computer's metal case on the carpet to disperse static.