Domestic testing and periodic testing needs to be carried out on all domestic homes and buildings, especially if the building has had a lot of previous owners or is a rented property. This is because any damage from new owners, decorating and DIY can affect the safety of your electrics and put you, your family and your home at risk.
Although electrics that are installed properly by a qualified electrician are very safe some domestic homes may have had DIY electrics put in that you do not know about. Many people when installing new appliances like electric showers and light fittings will attempt to do the electrical wiring themselves. This can potentially be dangerous and also cause damage to existing wiring in the house. If your home has loose wires, damaged wires or wires that are worn down over time then you could be at risk of fires and electric shocks.
Your home should be tested at least every 10 years but if your home has had multiple owners or has been rented out then it recommended to test it once every 5 years or on change of occupier, whichever is the sooner.
PAT Testing should be performed regularly to protect employees, customers and yourself, against any accidents and liability within the workplace. PAT Testing is carried out by a business in accordance with guidelines stated in the IEE Code of Practice.
PAT tests are carried out in 3 stages:
This informs the use or any potential danger signs, & an appliance can fail on this check i.e. a frayed cable can be marked as ‘not safe for use’.
Formal visual Inspection
This is a simple process of visually inspection all of the appliance, cable and plug for obvious faults, including the fuse and wiring of the plug should be tested.
Combined Inspections and PAT testing
This is the main test, that involves the PAT testing equipment. This determines if the device is electrically safe to use on the ‘class of construction’ i.e. Class 1, Class 2 and so forth.
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