Dangers and Failures we find

This plug is on a 4-gang extension lead that was overloaded, and so it overheated and melted - this was not in an industrial environment as you'd expect but an office in Newcastle upon Tyne. This may not look like much but big problems often start off small; this has likely been caused by the lead being pulled to unplug it. We replaced the plug. It's not just problem plugs we come across; this socket is testament to that. This socket like many others specially installed in an office was intended to supply power to computers, not to oil filled radiators. This plug is on an "IEC lead"; a computer power lead - which requires earth protection. By putting an insulated sleeve on the earth pin the manufacturer has removed the earth protection. This is a regular occurrence on leads imported from Asia, where they don't use earth protection. This microwave oven failed because it was so, well disgusting! This is a mix of rust and food. Here is a good example of a broken plug on a fan heater; we come [...]


What you need to know about PAT Testing

What you need to know about PAT Testing Pat Testing (also known as Portable Appliance Testing) is a way of checking your electrical equipment to see if it is SAFE. PAT Testing is an important part of your organisation's Health and Safety regime. It doesn't matter whether you're a small business or a large multi-site corporation; if you use electrical equipment in your business, then you have a responsibility to make sure it is safe. Additionally many insurance companies insist that PAT Testing be carried out every 12 months (or less) in order to satisfy the conditions of their policy, and local council inspectors (Fire Officers, Health and Safety Officers) routinely ask for evidence of PAT Testing when they carry out their inspections. We employ competent skilled and experienced engineers to test your equipment. We can test efficiently, quickly and with the minimum of disruption to your business. To comply with UK workplace regulations for electrical safety you must maintain safe electrical equipment at all times; how you do this is up to you but the only recognised process is called inspection and testing of electrical equipment, otherwise known as portable appliance, or PAT testing.  This means [...]

2021-09-22T08:24:57+00:00PAT Testing Info|

Why PAT test?

Why PAT Test? Electrical equipment that is purchased from a reputable supplier should be of a satisfactory safety standard, but it must be maintained to stay that way, so that it does not deteriorate so far that it puts users at risk.  It is recognised that PAT Testing is the easiest and best way to check electrical equipment is safe, and the process that is followed to achieve this includes carrying out repairs to ensure the appliance is safe.  Using a local PAT testing company to do this is a benefit to you as it means if you need urgent help anytime you can call on your engineer to come out, who knows you and your business and will be the best possible help.  PAT Testing is one of the most effective methods to minimise the electrical risks of faulty appliances to users; and it allows duty holders to fulfil their Health and Safety obligations to the regulations including: The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989, by taking measures to minimise electrical hazards by inspecting and testing electrical equipment The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 which places the responsibility of health and safety of persons [...]

2021-09-04T15:27:12+00:00PAT Testing Info|

Can I PAT test my own equipment?

Can I PAT test my own equipment? Yes, you can PAT test your own equipment; if you are a competent person with the relevant training, knowledge, equipment and time. It is essential that you or someone in your business is competent in electrical safety if you/they are going to carry out PAT testing. A competent person should: have good knowledge of electricity have experience of electrical work know how to carry out a visual inspection know how to carry out a portable appliance test understand the potential hazards of electricity & precautions to take when carrying out a PAT test be able to assess whether it is safe to do a PAT test If you decide to do your own PAT testing we would strongly recommend taking a PAT testing course as it’s important to perform the PAT tests correctly. Providing you meet all these competencies there is no real reason why you shouldn't do your own PAT testing, however, bare in mind that you need paperwork to confirm your equipment is safe - a specialist PAT Testing company will be able to provide you with a PAT Certificate. Enroll on a PAT testing training course [...]

2021-10-18T13:24:13+00:00PAT Testing Info|

PAT Testing during Covid-19

We are available for bookings during Covid-19 lockdown Our work can not be done from home, so we are continuing to operate during the Covid-19 Pandemic, albeit on a reduced level. As long as safety measures can be implemented we can still do work for you.  Note: This is an old post written at the start of the Covid-19 lockdown, and no longer applies. It would make sense to take the post down but Google will penalise us for doing so so we have to leave it here.  If you can take into account the safety measures being implemented we can still carry out PAT testing for you.  Operating during the Covid-19 Pandemic Our work perhaps is not essential, but it has to be done at some point, and many argue that the best time to do a PAT test is when the office is empty - we always feel that to be the case normally but not everyone can get us in at weekends, and there are not enough weekends for everyone, so now may be a great time.  If your office is currently empty (or any other business premises), now is the best [...]

2021-09-08T05:46:15+00:00PAT Testing Info|

Working from home safety tips

PAT Testing for home workers If you need PAT testing and you're working from home, that's fine, we can help. We can wear face masks, and wipe surfaces we have touched; we'll do what is necessary to keep you covid-secure and electrically safe. How do you arrange it? Just like anything else you need to arrange; just call 07897240878 or email richard@draelectricals.co.uk Do you need PAT testing when you work from home? If you work for a company and they require you to work from home then they are responsible for you, even when you are at home; because you are still working - so the Health and Safety at Work act still applies. So your employer must get the electrical appliances they provide you with checked to make sure they are safe. Do you work for yourself, from home? This question is a lot harder to answer; if only you work in the business and you work from home, if you're competent to assess that your equipment is safe to use then there is no real reason to get it tested. However, if you employ people or you have clients, and they [...]

2021-01-05T18:40:31+00:00Safety in offices|

What are surge protectors for?

What are surge protectors for? A surge protector is an electrical appliance designed to protect electrical equipment from surges in power, or voltage spikes. A surge protectors tries to limit the voltage supplied to the appliance by either blocking or shorting to ground the unwanted voltage.  Surges in power generally come from: Internal tripping  events, such as lights being turned on and off A high in-rush of energy could generate a surge around the circuits Lightning strikes A surge protecter doesn't last forever; it'll only absorb so many surges before it stops working itself, although it is practically impossible to tell when this will happen; the longer it has been in use the more at risk you are from it not being effective. If you are aware of it absorbing a power surge it is recommended you replace it.  A surge protector is an appliance made to protect your devices from voltage spikes. It’s designed to keep unwanted voltages away from your electronic devices. How does a surge protector work? The equipment you plug into your sockets rely on a consistent voltage of electricity. However, the sockets can’t guarantee this steady flow of electricity, [...]

2021-09-08T05:58:03+00:00PAT Testing Info|

Keep your staff homes safe from Coronavirus if they’re working from home

Keep your staff homes safe from Coronavirus Coronavirus is effecting us all; we've been told to work from home if we can but safety measures have not been put in place.  If you're letting staff take appliances home that they wouldn't usually, such as company PC's make sure they are safe - you may not have time to get a PAT test done so make sure that they are visually sound: Check the plug and cable for any damage, especially when you remove them from their usual desktop home Check the appliance itself and make sure all parts and covers are attached If you do have time to get us in to PAT test - do so; we'll come any time.  Check out our Working from home safety tips blog for more information on safely working from home.  Now remember hygiene: It's not just the coronavirus that threatens us; germs of all kinds can be transferred from work to him and vice versa through dirty electrical appliances, especially keyboards and mice: Clean appliances before they leave the office, then clean them again when you get home in case they have picked up any germs during transit - there's no [...]

2021-09-08T06:00:10+00:00Health and Safety|

Check if your Whirlpool washing machine is being recalled

Check if your Whirlpool washing machine is being recalled You may have seen in the news recently that Whirlpool are recalling certain models of washing machines manufactured under the Hotpoint and Indesit brands between 2014 and 2018. Whirlpool have identified that certain models pose a fire risk. We want you and your home to be safe, check if your washing machine is affected by visiting the Whirlpool website. To ensure you are notified every time an appliance gets recalled, register your appliances.  Use this tool to check if you have had any electrical product recalled 

2021-09-08T06:01:07+00:00Safety notices|

8 important Christmas lights safety tips

Here are 8 Christmas Lights Safety Tips When putting up your Christmas tree lights this year, or taking the tree down in the new year, make sure you follow these 8 Christmas lights safety tips: Always switch off your lights at the socket before changing a faulty bulb Always inspect the cable and the bulbs for damage before switching the lights on If the lights are damaged when you get them from your storage, or damp; don't use them. Dispose of them and buy new replacements If you're putting the lights up at work always PAT test your lights before you use them  When it comes to taking down the tree in the New Year; switch them off and unplug them first, then gently remove them from the tree to prevent damage.  Get an old kitchen paper tube or something similar,  to wrap your lights around to keep them tidy. Don't do it too tight though Store your lights somewhere safe and dry If you do buy new lights make sure its from a reputable dealer and that they carry the CE mark to show they conform to EU safety standards

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