Articles related to electrical equipment safety tips mainly around portable appliance testing in schools

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

Please don't use these electric socket covers These plastic 'socket protectors' or 'socket protective covers' are not made to any British Standard and the pin dimensions tend not to comply with BS1363, which often results in internal damage to the socket outlet contacts or their own pins braking off and getting stuck in the socket. For this reason they are not recommend. But also for this reason, the PAT engineer needs to check every socket in your property to make sure they are not damaged, including that no pins are stuck in. [...]

2021-10-11T15:08:23+00:00Safety tips, Schools|

Get your school PAT tested during the school holidays

It's not too late to arrange the PAT Testing at your school for the summer holidays; we still have some space for you, but hurry - we can't guarantee the space for long. The school holidays are the best time to get portable appliances tested; it's easier for us to do our job and we find that less equipment gets missed when we don't have to work around pupils and staff. We'll find any faulty appliances and either repair them or remove them so they don't present a danger to users during term time. We'll also work with you to find [...]


Frequency of PAT testing in schools

Frequency of PAT Testing in Schools What is the recommended frequency of PAT testing in schools? If you go by current guidance the frequency of pat testing in schools is annual however when you break this down you can utilise a risk assessment to increase the period between tests in most locations, saving the school quite a large portion of the annual budget in the process.  Electrical appliances used in schools are predominantly used by staff; everyone thinks of equipment in a classroom but few make the connection that they're generally used by teachers. In general a classroom [...]

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