About Richard Ayre

Richard Ayre is a PAT engineer with over 10 years experience and the owner Director of DRA PAT Testing Limited based in Wallsend, Newcastle upon Tyne. Richard is also the Operations Director for the UK's Portable Appliance Testing Trade Association.

What you need to know about PAT Testing

By |2020-06-07T09:49:32+00:00June 7th, 2020|PAT Testing Info|

What you need to know about PAT Testing Pat Testing (also known as Portable Appliance Testing) is a way of checking your electrical equipment to see if it is SAFE. PAT Testing is an important part of your organisation's Health and Safety regime. It doesn't matter whether you're a small business or a large multi-site corporation; if [...]

Can I PAT test my own equipment?

By |2020-05-27T06:54:32+00:00May 27th, 2020|PAT Testing Info|

Can I PAT test my own equipment? Can I PAT test my own equipment? You can... but why would you want to?  I can do my own accounts; but why would I want to? When an accountant or a book-keeper can do them much quicker, much better, more efficiently and probably cheaper than I can.  An electrical [...]

PAT Testing during Covid-19

By |2020-04-26T18:12:23+00:00April 21st, 2020|PAT Testing Info|

We are available for bookings during Covid-19 lockdown Our work can not be done from home, so we are continuing to operate, albeit on a reduced level. As long as safety measures can be implemented we can still do work for you.  If you can take into account the safety measures being implemented we can still carry [...]

What are surge protectors for?

By |2020-04-05T07:48:25+00:00April 5th, 2020|PAT Testing Info|

What are surge protectors for? A surge protector is an electrical appliance designed to protect electrical equipment from surges in power, or voltage spikes. A surge protectors tries to limit the voltage supplied to the appliance by either blocking or shorting to ground the unwanted voltage.  Surges in power generally come from: Internal tripping  events, such as [...]

Keep your staff homes safe from Coronavirus if they’re working from home

By |2020-03-19T20:22:08+00:00March 19th, 2020|Health and Safety|

Keep your staff homes safe from Coronavirus Coronavirus is effecting us all; we've been told to work from home if we can but safety measures have not been put in place.  If you're letting staff take appliances home that they wouldn't usually, such as company PC's make sure they are safe - you may not have time to get [...]

Check if your Whirlpool washing machine is being recalled

By |2020-04-22T15:25:42+00:00January 20th, 2020|Safety notices|

Check if your Whirlpool washing machine is being recalled You may have seen in the news recently that Whirlpool are recalling certain models of washing machines manufactured under the Hotpoint and Indesit brands between 2014 and 2018. Whirlpool have identified that certain models pose a fire risk. We want you and your home to be safe, so [...]

8 important Christmas lights safety tips

By |2020-04-26T18:31:08+00:00December 16th, 2019|Christmas|

Here are 8 Christmas Lights Safety Tips When putting up your Christmas tree lights this year, or taking the tree down in the new year, make sure you follow these 8 Christmas lights safety tips: Always switch off your lights at the socket before changing a faulty bulb Always inspect the cable and the bulbs for damage before switching [...]

Subcontract PAT Testing work to us

By |2020-04-26T18:36:04+00:00November 26th, 2019|DRA News / Info|

Subcontract PAT Testing Subcontract PAT testing jobs to us to reduce your costs of sending your own staff to our area, or if you are a local electrician, FM company, etc. we can do your PAT testing work on your behalf.  If you need help fulfilling your PAT testing contracts here in the North East we may [...]