PAT Testing: What You Need to Know
PAT testing is commonly known as portable appliance testing. It is essential because it ensures your property and its appliances are safe to use. Some electrical defects can’t be seen, so thorough testing is needed to make sure there are no hidden issues. Electrical faults that go ignored could lead to injury, or even fire.
Here, we break down everything you need to know about portable appliance testing. From what’s involved, to how you can get any problems fixed quickly and professionally.
What is PAT testing?
During a PAT test, your electrical engineer will undertake a visual inspection of all the electrical appliances in your home. They will check for any signs of deterioration or damage, such as exposed wires. The inspector will then test the appliance using dedicated machinery. Once the test is complete, the examiner will decide whether the item has passed or failed. Any appliances that fail the test will need to be replaced or repaired. We will also provide you with a quote for any remedial works, so you can keep your home and its contents safe.
Why is PAT testing necessary?
When it comes to PAT testing, safety is key. While there are no legal requirements for PAT testing, regulations are in place for the maintenance of electrical appliances. For example, landlords and social housing professionals are required to have their tenants’ appliances regularly tested. Failure to do so can lead to injury, property damage, and insurance issues. You could also be fined for failing to protect your tenants.
Furthermore, the law requires employers to ensure all electrical equipment within their business premises is safe and well maintained. This means that PAT testing is a critical part of commercial health and safety. The electrical items in your office, warehouse or shop should be tested by a professional at least once a year. With electrical safety, is it always better to be safe than sorry.
What items need to be tested?
PAT testing covers a wide range of electrical items. For landlords and homeowners, everything from your kettle to your television will be checked. For business owners, we will examine your PCs, printers, fridges and vending machines. Depending on your business, you may also need to have corded power tools, extension leads and handheld electrical appliances inspected.
Why choose Hexo Services for PAT testing?
When undertaking electrical testing, it’s essential that you work with a reputable and experienced company. At Hexo Services, we only employ the most competent electrical engineers. Every one of our workers is fully qualified and has undertaken a recognised electrical training programme.
Our engineers also undertake specific industry-standard training and specialize in the testing of electrical systems. This means they’re able to offer an impartial service and pick up on faults that other less experienced engineers might miss.
Importantly, we’re also dedicated to quality. We are members of numerous Government-backed schemes and industry accreditation programmes. This includes the likes of TrustMark and NAPIT. These names prove that we are a competent and experienced company that puts safety and professionalism first.