Richard

About Richard Ayre

I am Richard Ayre, PAT engineer and Owner/Director of DRA PAT Testing Limited, trading since 2009. I am also Operations Director for the Portable Appliance Testing Trade Association.

What happens if an appliance fails the tests?

If we fail an appliance we will advise you what to do; either repair it or dispose of it.  PAT Testing is as much about finding faulty appliances and fixing them as it is about confirming appliances are safe. If an appliance fails it may be repairable; if we can repair it we will do, but if not we'll recommend further action. Usually that is one of two options: Get it repaired by a specialist Dispose of it by appropriate means

By |2019-10-01T20:42:28+00:00July 25th, 2018|Frequently Asked Questions|Comments Off on What happens if an appliance fails the tests?

You have to see this before buying cheap counterfeit electrical products – it’s explosive!

This video from You Tube, linked from the BS1363 website is an excellent example to show what happens when a UK plug fitted with a counterfeit BS1363 fuse is subject to a short circuit. Because the counterfeit fuse has no filling to suppress the arc it just explodes, as there's nothing else it can do, blowing the plug from its socket. This video was not produced by us and is being shown only as an example to help share the dangers of using counterfeit electrical products.   

By |2019-10-03T19:54:34+00:00April 22nd, 2018|PAT Testing Info|Comments Off on You have to see this before buying cheap counterfeit electrical products – it’s explosive!

Socket testing – is it really necessary?

Socket Testing - is it really necessary? Socket Testing - is it really necessary? Your electrical wall sockets should be tested by an electrician when they do an electrical installation certificate report; you hope they were installed correctly and so it's just a case of checking them every 3-5 years in a business premises.  However not all electricians check every socket when they're doing the tests; so some PAT companies will check them for you.  Which is a nice service to offer - those sockets get installed then may never get checked again until years later when [...]

By |2019-10-04T06:51:45+00:00March 5th, 2018|PAT Testing Info|Comments Off on Socket testing – is it really necessary?

Latest Product Recalls via Electrical Safety First

If you follow the news you will be aware of the importance of making sure your electrical appliances are registered, so if there are ever any safety notices placed on them, you can be informed. When the risk is the appliance may catch fire, you should want to be informed. The good news is, registering for updates doesn't take long and it doesn't mean you will be inundadeted with junk mail. There is an excellent website called "Register my appliance" that you can use to register your appliances. In the mean time it is worth using this handy tool below [...]

By |2019-10-01T20:52:22+00:00January 11th, 2018|PAT Testing Info|Comments Off on Latest Product Recalls via Electrical Safety First

Why do we get Portable Appliances tested?

To make sure they are safe - dangerous appliances can give users electric shocks and start fires. PAT testing reduces the chances of that happening There are valid arguments for why you should get portable appliances tested, and there are arguments against getting appliances tested; usually created by people that don't understand why it is done.  Electrical appliances are made to perform a function; an electric heater is designed to warm a room, a television is intended to be watched, a drill is built to drill holes in walls - these are all valid reasons for an electrical appliance to [...]

By |2019-10-01T20:52:31+00:00December 24th, 2017|Frequently Asked Questions|Comments Off on Why do we get Portable Appliances tested?

What is Portable Appliance Testing?

What is a PAT test? A PAT test is a routine procedure including an inspection and possibly a series of tests conducted on electrical appliances to make sure they are safe to be used.  The purpose of the PAT test is to prevent or reduce the chance of electrical accidents in the workplace. A full PAT test, sometimes referred to as 'inspection and testing' should include both a visual inspection by a competent person and one or more tests using specialist PAT testing equipment. These tests could include tests for earth continuity, lead polarity and insulation resistance - basically, checking [...]

By |2019-10-01T20:52:50+00:00November 30th, 2017|Frequently Asked Questions|Comments Off on What is Portable Appliance Testing?

Do others bring electrical equipment into your workplace?

Dave the DJ has a mobile disco rig, he was booked by Steve and Anna to do a disco for their Wedding at the local hotel. Dave set up on the Saturday afternoon in the dance hall and left his gear there, plugged in whilst Steve and Anna had their Wedding Breakfast. The evening was a success, everyone had a great time and the disco was superb, even granny got up for a dance. It was about 4am when the night porter started to smell burning wafting through the hotel; he had a look around but couldn't work out where [...]

By |2019-10-01T20:53:12+00:00October 18th, 2017|Frequently Asked Questions|Comments Off on Do others bring electrical equipment into your workplace?

Do you need your office PAT Testing?

Welcome to DRA PAT Testing Specialist in Portable Appliance Testing - PAT Testing Offices We specialise in PAT testing offices; PAT testing computers is relatively easy to do, and shouldn't cause too much disruption to your team, although in big offices it's sometimes better for all of us to do the work outside your normal hours. Being specialists at Pat testing computers we have the specialist equipment, so we know we're not going to damage your appliances, nor will be disconnect your servers unless you authorise it first! PAT testing Offices - We're a specialist portable appliance testing company, covering the North [...]

By |2019-10-01T20:54:03+00:00July 13th, 2017|PAT Testing Info|Comments Off on Do you need your office PAT Testing?

6 Electrical safety tips for children

Electricity whilst being useful to power our homes, it is also very dangerous when misused. Lots of people are hurt and killed every year due to electrical accidents. These simple safety tips will help you reduce the chance of or avoid such accidents. Never stick fingers, toys and other objects in an electric socket Never use electrical appliances in the bathroom Never pull a plug out of the socket using its cable Never put drinks on top of your games console Never climb trees next to power lines Stay away from places marked with warning signs

By |2019-10-03T19:51:30+00:00July 1st, 2017|PAT Testing Info|Comments Off on 6 Electrical safety tips for children

8 Top Tips to prevent an electrical accident – you’ll get a shock if you do number 4

Don't use an appliance if you don't know how to Don't repair an appliance that is plugged in Turn off the power before attempting work on the mains supply Don't work in damp environments or with wet hands Don't place flexible cables under carpets where they can deteriorate unseen Don't use an appliance where wires can be seen through the flexible cable Replace damaged cables with new cable; don't repair with insulating tape Get appliances testing regularly by a competent PAT Tester

By |2019-10-03T19:51:11+00:00June 1st, 2017|PAT Testing Info|Comments Off on 8 Top Tips to prevent an electrical accident – you’ll get a shock if you do number 4