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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 |2019-08-07T11:50:28+00:00July 25th, 2018|PAT Blog|Comments Off on What happens if an appliance fails the tests?

See a Counterfeit Plug Fuse Exploding

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 |2019-08-07T11:49:21+00:00April 22nd, 2018|PAT Blog|Comments Off on See a Counterfeit Plug Fuse Exploding

Portable Appliances must be unplugged to be tested

How often do you see a PAT tester testing your equipment without unplugging it? It is not possible to test a portable appliance without unplugging it A technician that doesn't unplug an appliance is simply looking at it, or doing even less - he sticks a sticker on and charges you for it. An internal fault won’t be found by looking at the outside of an appliance - the appliance needs testing to find internal faults, so it needs unplugging The appliance could be overheating which may not be seen or felt - it needs unplugging to find this fault [...]

By |2019-08-07T11:49:38+00:00April 11th, 2018|PAT Blog|Comments Off on Portable Appliances must be unplugged to be tested

Register your appliances

Have you registered the appliances in your properties with the manufacturer? When you buy appliances these days there is a warranty card in the box, if you complete and send it off you'll be notified if there is ever a recall notice on the appliance. Appliances, especially kitchen appliances get recalled all the time for all kinds of reasons, but sometimes its because they pose a serious risk, such as they can catch fire! It's shocking how many people aren't aware of this until it is too late. As part of our PAT testing service we cross check bigger kitchen [...]

By |2019-01-27T15:16:38+00:00April 11th, 2018|PAT Blog|Comments Off on Register your appliances

How do we check if appliances have been recalled?

Electrical appliances get recalled all the time, for all kinds of reasons, often simple maintenance issues where if you get in touch with the manufacturer they'll send an engineer out to do the work, but sometimes it's because a fault has been found that makes the appliance highly dangerous, like it could overheat and catch fire. If there is a risk of your appliance catching fire surely you'd want to get that checked out pretty quick? Make sure you complete the warranty card I'm a big advocate for completing warranty cards when I buy new appliances and urge anyone to [...]

By |2019-02-02T18:19:01+00:00April 3rd, 2018|PAT Blog|Comments Off on How do we check if appliances have been recalled?

Do you get your sockets tested during the PAT Test?

There are some PAT companies out there who charge a fee to 'test' your sockets whilst they do the PAT test, whilst most companies will just tell you if there is a problem, out of common courtesy. Whilst we're unplugging appliances we look at the sockets - if a socket is broken, has a missing switch or screw we will tell you - if there is a fault we will report it to you, and we won't charge you. Your electrician will test the sockets circuits when they do the main wiring tests; if the sockets are safe then they [...]

By |2019-02-02T18:20:10+00:00March 5th, 2018|PAT Blog|Comments Off on Do you get your sockets tested during the PAT Test?

PAT testing Server Systems

  In order to perform a Portable Appliance Test an appliance needs to be shut down and unplugged; this includes server systems. If you don't shut down the server the PAT engineer can't carry out the appropriate tests, so there is no way of knowing if the server is safe. PAT engineers who put labels on servers and record the appliances without testing anything are doing just that - that's not a safety check; it's simply an audit or asset register. If the server is not turned off all the engineer does is a very basic visual inspection, which doesn’t check [...]

By |2019-01-27T15:20:11+00:00March 4th, 2018|PAT Blog|Comments Off on PAT testing Server Systems

How will the PAT Test affect you?

How will the PAT Test affect you? Hopefully not too much; if we work together we should be able to manage the process so there is as little disruption as possible to you and your team. One good way to do that is for you to have a ‘route plan’ in mind; plan a route around your site that is best suited to it, so we’re disturbing staff as little as possible. This is especially good for doctor’s surgeries that are open or factories with dangerous equipment in use. When we carry out the tests the appliance will need turning [...]

By |2019-04-24T16:39:57+00:00March 4th, 2018|PAT Blog|Comments Off on How will the PAT Test affect you?

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 |2019-08-07T11:52:49+00:00January 11th, 2018|PAT Blog|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 |2019-08-07T11:55:05+00:00December 24th, 2017|PAT Blog|Comments Off on Why do we get Portable Appliances tested?