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Pat Testing For LandlordsPortable Appliance Tests or PATs are an electrical check carried out on ‘movable’ items such as kettles, microwaves, hoovers, table lamps, toasters and coffee machines and many electricians will tell you they must be carried out before tenants move into a property.

Portable Appliance Testing and the Law
Legally speaking this is not true. There is no law that says PAT checks must be carried out, something the government recently clarified.

What the law does state is that all electrical equipment within a rental property must be safe to use and that it’s the landlord’s responsibility to ensure this before tenants move in and, equally, during the tenancy too.

Most experts, including those from the Electrical Safety Council, recommend landlords make a visual inspection of all the electrical appliances provided within each rented property so check cables aren’t worn or that plugs are damaged. It is also recommended that any new items feature the ‘CE’ kite mark which is the manufacturer’s claim that it meets all European safety legislation.

Portable Appliance Testing: A Landlord’s Choice
Whether you then decide to get all the items PAT checked is a matter of choice not law. But most experts agree that, if landlords want peace of mind, then the £50-£100 it will cost to get a qualified electrician in to complete PAT checks is worth it.

A visual examination is the most important factor, but if an item were to short and then catch fire then being able to prove that it had been PAT checked recently (every two years for smaller items and four years for larger ones) would help matters.

More importantly, PAT checks may flag up potential problems before tenants move in, but don’t rely on them alone – they should not be completed instead of a visual check but rather as a back up.

Call Plymouth Sparky who will gladly pat test your rental property in around the Plymouth Area.

Hair salon’s electrical equipment must be tested regularly No matter where you work, under the law, therapists and their employers have a number of health and safety responsibilities – especially where electrical equipment is concerned. PAT is the abbreviation for Portable Appliance Testing – an electrical device that tests appliances and equipment for electrical safety.… Continue Reading

Fourteen plugs in one socket! Fire Risk Continuing the recent theme of faulty appliances and the associated dangers of fire, we came across a report that faulty or misused electrical equipment caused more than 200 fires in homes in Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes last year, leading to 26 injuries. Now Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service… Continue Reading

Sparky Dave is specialists in the field of Pat Test Plymouth and provide a fast, reliable and professional service at great prices to companies, educational institutions, landlords, hotels and many other types of organisations. We also partner with Facilities Management companies and Electrical Contractors who trust us to provide a fully managed service to their clients. Why… Continue Reading

PAT Testing What Regulations apply? Various pieces of legislation applies to work equipment including, but not limited to: The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 What is Portable Appliance Testing? It is the periodic testing of electrical work equipment in order to evidence that it is suitable… Continue Reading

WHAT NEEDS TO BE PAT TESTED? Determining what needs to be PAT tested is not as difficult as it sounds. For the purpose of legislation, portable appliances include all equipment that is not part of a fixed installation but is meant to be connected to a fixed installation or generator. Any appliance that uses a… Continue Reading

PAT is the abbreviation for Portable Appliance Testing – an electrical device that tests appliances and equipment for electrical safety. There are three stages to PAT testing: The first test checks the appliance is securely earthed inside the equipment, mains plug and cable – known as earth continuity. If earthed correctly, in the event of… Continue Reading