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Useful information regarding portable appliance testing – almost anything could be getting discussed here, but it will always be to do with PAT testing.

12 Reasons why electric shock accidents involve portable appliances so often (number 8 may shock you!)

One of the biggest problems in any workplace is the use of portable electrical equipment. Referred to as portable appliances, electrical equipment fitted with a plug presents a high risk of becoming damaged and thus dangerous.  Portable appliances include any electrical appliances that can be plugged in and include computers, kettles, toasters, heaters, hair driers, power tools, etc. Considered the main problem with portable appliances is that they have a flexible insulated electric cable, which is used to connect it to the plug and aid its movement, that can easily become damaged. Additionally not all cables are secured to the [...]

By |2019-10-03T19:42:35+00:00September 19th, 2019|PAT Testing Info|Comments Off on 12 Reasons why electric shock accidents involve portable appliances so often (number 8 may shock you!)

You should read this before arranging for your office to be PAT tested

PAT tests in offices may not need doing as often as you may think. Many offices get their appliances tested every year but that may be too often. If you do a risk assessment you will find that most if not all appliances won't need doing that often.  Stationery appliances such as fridges, photocopiers, even computers and monitors hardly ever move so do you really need to get them tested every year? If users check them periodically and inspections are carried out intermittently it should be perfectly acceptable to increase the interval between tests to 2 or 3 years. [...]

By |2019-10-01T21:02:35+00:00July 24th, 2019|PAT Testing Info|Comments Off on You should read this before arranging for your office to be PAT tested

You should read this before getting new electrical equipment PAT tested

  Do new electrical goods need PAT tested before using? They shouldn't. New equipment should be safe when manufactured, and are tested before leaving the factory, so there should be no need for you to have to PAT test them before using them. Assuming the new equipment has been bought from a bonafide retailer from the European Economic area.  Be more aware if you buy new equipment from 'cheap' online sites, especially if the appliances are imported from non-European countries.  However, some company policies do require new equipment to be tested before being put into service, so really it depends [...]

By |2019-10-01T20:41:08+00:00July 15th, 2019|PAT Testing Info|Comments Off on You should read this before getting new electrical equipment PAT tested

6 ways to avoid an electrical fire and to prevent your workplace burning down

Don't leave washing machines, tumble driers and dishwashers running when you're out or asleep Don't leave portable heaters switched on and unattended Don't overload sockets with too many plugs Register your electrical products and check for recalls Always follow the manufacturers guidance when using appliances Don't buy fake electrical goods or cheap imports Don't use damaged electrical appliances DRA PAT testing specialise in appliance testing; contact us today for a PAT Testing quote

By |2019-10-01T20:41:14+00:00May 19th, 2019|PAT Testing Info|Comments Off on 6 ways to avoid an electrical fire and to prevent your workplace burning down

Socket safety – why do we use socket covers when they’re not needed?

A British safety standard from 1947 that requires the top hole of the 3-hole socket to have a "shutter" on the inside means that the live and neutral holes can't be accessed until the shutters are opened. That happens when the earth pin of the plug is inserted into the top hole, thus opening the shutter. Only by inserting a plug, with a top pin, can the shutter be opened, which in turn activates the live part of the socket... making the socket safe - so there is no need to cover it; even little children’s fingers won’t open the [...]

By |2019-10-03T19:39:00+00:00February 2nd, 2019|PAT Testing Info|Comments Off on Socket safety – why do we use socket covers when they’re not needed?

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

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