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What is Portable Appliance Testing?

Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) or PAT testing is the inspection and assessment of electrical appliances and equipment to make sure that they are safe for use and if you detect any fault with your appliances contact a professional to diagnose the problem. It is also referred to as in-service inspection and testing of electrical equipment. Through visual evaluation, most electrical safety defects can be found, although some can only be discovered through physical assessment.

It is important to note that visual evaluation is a very important process of this examination because some electrical safety defects cannot be found through testing alone. It is also untrue that all the portable electrical appliances in an environment with low electrical risk such as a small home will need to have a portable appliance test done every year.

The current government legislation simply states that employers are to ensure that all electrical equipment is maintained properly to prevent any form of danger. It does not state explicitly how often this maintenance needs to occur, or exactly what medium it comes in.

How often you choose to have the testing and evaluation carried out depends on the type of equipment being used as well as the environment it is being used in. For example, heavy-duty equipment used in industrial sites would need to be examined more regularly than a simple electrical appliance like a lamp in a bedroom.

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The PAT Testing Certificate is a document that is given to the owner of the appliances after they have been tested for their safety standards. The certificate ascertains that all the appliances are in premium condition, and they will not pose a risk to anyone that uses them. This testing certificate helps appliance owners to find out which of their appliances are faulty. Through testing, we will be able to indicate whether each item is usable or not.

A PAT Certificate will only be awarded to you after all the electrical appliances have been examined and have been marked as safe to use. The certificate, therefore, is evidence that the safety of people using the appliances is ensured. It also enhances the credibility of the manufacturer as well as those maintaining the appliances, which will also help to encourage buyers to choose those products that have been certified.

PAT Testing is essential for every single electric appliance and equipment, even it is the most domestic appliance. It is certainly mandatory for everyone with an electrical appliance to have this test done, especially in places where faulty equipment could lead to large-scale loss of lives or properties. All electrical appliances in rented properties must have a PAT certificate to prevent any potential hazards while the tenant handles these appliances.

Also, before you rent out or lease a property in London, it is essential that you have a valid EPC. It ensures the safety of all tenants while also helping you deal with any insurance claims in the event of an accident. Landlords must get a comprehensive portable appliance test done on all their appliances before allowing tenants to move into the premises.

Having the PAT certificate is not compulsory for property owners, but it will help you save yourself from spending on repairs and damages in the future, and it could also prevent loss of lives and properties. So even though you are legally obliged to conduct this Portable Appliance Test, any good property owner should want to ensure the safety of themselves and their tenants.

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Our price for conducting this Portable Appliance Test starts from £49.99 incl. VAT and that covers up to 10 appliances. Our qualified NICEIC engineers cover North London, South London, North West London, West London, East London, Essex and Surrey Area. Some of the appliances that we test include televisions, mobile phones, and computer chargers, microwaves, toasters, ovens, electric ovens, personal computers, portable electric fires, toasters, and many more. As we already said above, the PAT Testing Certificate is not a legal necessity, but having the test done could save you a whole lot of trouble with your electrical appliances.

To know how often you should have your appliances tested, then you need to consider a couple of important factors.

  1. The type of equipment being tested is very important in determining how frequently you test it. Smaller appliances that move around a lot are more likely to get damaged than stationary appliances.
  2. The frequency of use of the equipment is another factor that must be taken into consideration. A piece of equipment that is used regularly is more likely to suffer damage and should be tested more frequently than another that is not used as much.
  3. If the people using the equipment quickly report any small faults or damages on it, then the potential hazard of the equipment would be significantly reduced. However, if such small faults go unnoticed, they could add up and lead to a much bigger problem, so more regular inspections would be needed.

Through portable appliance testing, you get a visual evaluation and electrical testing of all the portable electrical equipment being used in commercial, industrial, or public access areas, to ensure that they are safe to use and be around and that they do not present any risk of causing harm to anyone in their vicinity. Some of the issues that might come if there is no effective electrical testing include:

1. Worn out cords or wires.

2. Defective, missing, or loose earth connections.

3. Exposed live or conductive parts of the appliance due to damage that occurred on the casing of the equipment.

4. Inability to identify and deal with the problems above could bring the risk of fires or electric shocks.

Most of the problems associated with these portable electrical appliances can be identified visually, but they still usually go unnoticed and unreported. That would also lead to any internal faults within the system being undetected. The PAT includes a series of evaluations that work together to identify accurately any potential defects that might not have been detected visually. Apart from protecting people in the appliance’s vicinity, consistent checking of the electrical equipment also leads to an increase in the life span of the equipment.

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