Domestic Appliance Repairs Porthmadog, Gwynedd. North Wales

PAT Testing

PAT Testing

PAT Testing also is known as Portable Appliance Testing is a term used to ensure electrical appliances are safe to use through visual and in-depth testing (using a suitable calibrated test equipment)

Most Electrical Appliance defects can be carried out by the user themselves which includes frayed or exposed wires, burning around extension sockets etc. But some defects can only be found be TESTING with a suitable calibrated test equipment.

Domestic Appliance Repairs Porthmadog is now authorized to carry out PAT testing for a wide range of commercial and industrial customers across North Wales. These include, but not limited to, shops and offices to factories and warehouses, to hotels and holiday parks and for a large number of private landlords.

PAT Testing

Is PAT Testing A Legal Requirement?

There is currently no strict legal requirement for PAT testing. The Government, however, has put regulations in place that pertain to the maintenance of electrical appliances and the most effective way to ensure that these regulations are met is through PAT testing.

The UK Health and Safety Executive along with insurance companies will expect you to perform PAT testing to ensure that you are compliant with certain regulations including:

  • Health and Safety at Work Act of 1974
  • The Electricity at Work Regulations of 1989
  • The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations of 1998
  • The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations of 1999

The law does require however that employers, including self-employed, ensure that all electrical equipment that they provide in their business is safe and properly maintained. PAT testing is a critical part of your company’s health and safety and should be considered part of a solution to your safety concerns.

PAT testing provides the most effective way to identify defects that can come with use. Faults in electrical equipment pose a potential hazard, particularly if they are not repaired readily. Even though PAT testing itself is not required by law, the consequences of electrical faults should be considered carefully.

Maintaining electrical appliances in your Holiday Home

As a holiday homeowner it’s vital you keep your property as safe as possible for your visitors and that this extends to all areas including maintaining electrical appliances in your holiday home.

PAT Testing

The nature of the appliance, along with the amount that it is used, should be considered when addressing how often you should be inspecting the item.

For example, it may be prudent for holiday home owners to check items before the busy summer period to ensure items are up to date and checked before they are used regularly over a prolonged period. It is also good practice at each changeover for your housekeeper or maintenance team to carry out a visual check on each appliance to check for damage such as fraying power leads or broken plugs and replace or repair as appropriate. It is also best practice to keep a record of such checks.

For more information on Maintaining portable electric equipment in low-risk environments please visit:

http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/indg236.pdf

To book a PAT test for your Holiday Home, Private Dwelling, Offices or Schools please contact me on Office: 01766 805010 or Mobile: 07830 973682.

Alternatively, use the Contact page HERE

 


Socket Overload Calculator (From the Electrical Safety Council)

Most people have extension leads in their homes, using 4-way bar adaptors to increase the number of appliances that they can plug into a wall socket. 

However, although there is space to plug in four appliances, this does not mean it is always safe to do so. Different electrical appliances use different amounts of power. To avoid the risk of overheating and possibly fire, you should never plug into an extension lead or socket appliances that together use more than 13 amps or 3000 watts of energy. 

Use our calculator to plug in some typical household appliances to see the effect on the load, and to get useful tips on how to avoid overloading your sockets.

The Socket Calculator has been brought to you by Electrical Safety First.

For more safety information visit http://www.electricalsafetyfirst.org.uk

 

 

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