Charity Shops selling electrical equipment – contact us to test them first

Electrical goods donated to charity shops must be checked for safety before they can be sold to customers of the shop; they can't just be sold in the conditions they are received in. Appliances need to be checked by an appropriate person, ideally a PAT Testing company, or a person trained to do such testing. If you don't have anyone in-house to carry out the tests there is a good opportunity for someone to learn a new skill, some charity shops will put a volunteer through a PAT testing course, so they can then get paid to do the testing. If you need PAT Testing training then we can recommend a company that does that. What is expected of the seller Sellers of second hand electrical appliances are responsible for ensuring the appliance still meets the legal safety requirements. British standard equipment, for example will display the CE mark. Appliances should be fitted with the correct type of UK plug, with sleeved live and neutral pins, and the correct fuse. The plug needs to have the cardboard wiring diagram fitted to the pins. The appliance shouldn't be damaged or rusted The appliance should work correctly Before you can sell [...]

2021-09-05T19:59:50+00:00PAT Testing Info|

Wiring diagram safety cards on a plug

Wiring diagram safety cards on a plug These little wiring diagram safety cards cards attached to the pins of a plug, usually on an extension lead, when you buy them new are very handy should you need to rewire the plug. But let's be honest who is going to buy this new, then un-wire and rewire the plug? No one. And if you need to re-wire the plug in the future what's the chances of you still having the card? Slim. If you run a charity shop selling electrical goods, then you will need these cards, as they have to be on the plug of an appliance you are selling.  However, if you are like many who don't remove it you probably will still have it. Wiring diagram safety cards on a plug are packaging; just like the plastic wrapper or bag the item comes in. Do you remove the bag before using the lead? Of course you do; so why wouldn't you remove the card? You should but so many people leave them on.  In itself this isn't a major issue; the chances of the plug getting so hot the card catches fire are very slim, and to [...]

2022-01-27T09:10:06+00:00PAT Testing Info|
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