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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?

FAQs – Answers to some common questions that get asked about PAT Testing

We get these questions asked a lot; perhaps you have other questions - ask them in the comments section and we will respond.  Why do electrical appliances need PAT testing? Electrical appliances need PAT testing to maintain safety standards - an appliance that is not safe is dangerous; a dangerous appliance starts fires or gives the user an electric shock. A PAT test will find faults that make the appliance dangerous; the engineer is then able to take action to remove the danger. You need to get your electrical appliances PAT Tested to keep them safe. Is PAT Testing really [...]

By |2019-10-01T20:42:05+00:00July 26th, 2018|Frequently Asked Questions|Comments Off on FAQs – Answers to some common questions that get asked about PAT Testing

If staff bring personal electrical equipment into work does it need testing?

Yes it does; you are responsible for electrical equipment used at work, whether you have supplied it or not.  What would happen if that appliance caught fire or caused an accident - would you be protected if you hadn't checked the appliance was safe?    Consider this: You take action to ensure your equipment is maintaining safety standards by getting regular PAT testing carried out; your insurance company is happy. Someone uses your premises (e.g. a DJ in a hotel) and their equipment has not been maintained; a fire starts and your premises are destroyed... are you insured? If you [...]

By |2019-10-01T20:42:13+00:00July 25th, 2018|Frequently Asked Questions|Comments Off on If staff bring personal electrical equipment into work does it need testing?

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?