pat test

Ok, now we’ve got your attention, Landlords, do you carry out PAT Testing?
 
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We’ve covered this before, but we’re getting quite a few Landlords asking what are their legal liabilities when it comes to PAT testing. If it’s nothing to do with the above canine, then what is it? Well, for Landlords in particular, here it is, in a nutshell.
 
Anyone who lets residential accommodation (such as houses, flats and bedsits, holiday homes, caravans and boats) as a business activity is required by law to ensure the equipment they supply as part of the tenancy is safe.
 
The Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994 requires that all mains electrical equipment (cookers, washing machines, kettles, etc), new or second-hand, supplied with the accommodation must be safe. Landlords therefore need to regularly maintain the electrical equipment they supply to ensure it stays safe.
 
This is where PAT (or Portable Appliance Testing) comes in. It is strongly advisable to have the electrical equipment checked at each change of tenant and also at regular intervals thereafter. You should obtain and retain test reports detailing the equipment, the tests carried out and the results.
 
PAT checks are not a legal requirement in themselves. They do however, help identify potentially dangerous faults and also serve to demonstrate that you take safety and a duty of care to your tenants seriously.
 
As Preston Electricians, Currelec will quickly and inexpensively carry out PAT testing for Landlords throughout Lancashire, providing you with a certificate and recorded evidence, together with a label on each item, proving that this has been done.
 
Please contact us with your requirements for a FREE quote.

“PAT Testing time” has come around again for many businesses. Many of our Clients use this slightly quieter time of year to do their annual PAT Testing. People who do it know what it is, but for many it’s a complete mystery, so let’s explain what it entails.

Currelec PAT Testing

Currelec PAT Testing

If you run a business or use (or hire out) portable mains powered electrical appliances, or you’re a Landlord letting property with electrical items included, you really do need to PAT Test them. It’s not just the very portable items like drills and toasters. People are often surprised to learn that many kitchen appliances, electric heaters and computers are included – even though some are far from “portable”!
 
You legally have a “Duty of Care” to your staff, customers or tenants, so one way to demonstrate this, is with the quick and inexpensive process of PAT Testing your electrical equipment. Currelec can carry this out for you, providing you with recorded evidence, together with a label on each item, proving this has been done.
 
What do we do? Well, after you let us know your requirements, we’ll suggest test intervals, based on the type of item, the location and the use it receives. Some items should be tested annually, some every 4 years. We visually examine the item, cable and 13A plug, checking the fuse is correct. Then we connect a special instrument which automatically carries out a series of complex safety tests. If all is well, we label the item as “Passed” and add it to the asset list we provide, showing the tests carried out.
 
Any problems we do discover are usually easily rectified, leaving you with safe, working appliances and evidence of testing. Currelec can make this process extremely quick and straightforward for you, so please contact us with your requirements