PAT Testing New Forest – All You Need to Know

Our electricians at Punton Electrics have been conducting PAT testing in the New Forest for many years. We like to think we are keeping businesses and properties in Lymington and the Surrounding areas safe. But we often get asked what is PAT testing and do I need to get it done? So we wanted to tell you all you need to know.

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PAT testing or portable appliance testing is a process of checking the safety of electrical appliances. A typical PAT test involves a series of electronic tests with specialist kit and visual inspections. For the most part it’s one of the best ways to make sure your electric appliances are safe.

Furthermore, it’s good to have a professional qualified electrician to conduct the testing, after all it’s electrical safety at stake!

Why do you need PAT Testing in The New Forest?

According to the Health & Safety Executive, 25% of all reportable electrical accidents are accounted for by portable appliances! If you have a business or are a landlord in The New Forest a PAT test can help to ensure that your employees are safe from electrical accidents. Companies have a legal obligation to maintain high electrical safety standards and regular PAT testing certainly helps to comply. By the same token, we believe that PAT testing should be a critical part of your electrical maintenance.

As portable electrical appliances get older, they are subject to wear and tear, which may include damage to wires and wire coating. Consequently, this is one of the main causes of electrical fires! If you don’t PAT test your appliances these faults can lead to injuries and damage to your property.

Each appliance will be given a “pass” or “fail” rating, and will then be labelled. Our electrician can also advise you on the next steps or carry out any necessary repairs if you have any failed items.

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Which appliances need a PAT test?

There are 7 categories of electrical appliances that should be considered for a PAT test:

  1. Fixed appliances
  2. Stationary appliances
  3. IT appliances
  4. Moveable appliances
  5. Portable appliances
  6. Cables and chargers
  7. Handheld appliances

Still not sure about PAT testing? Read on or get in touch with us at Punton Electrics.

How often do I need PAT Testing?

The HSE recommends taking different factors into consideration:

  • Manufacturer’s recommendation
  • The age of the equipment
  • Frequency of use
  • Foreseeable misuse of the equipment
  • Effects of any modifications or repairs
  • The history of the item

Technically, there aren’t any specific rules as to how often PAT testing should be carried out, albeit that the frequency should be governed by the level of risk.

Testing Helps With Law Compliance

This includes the following laws:

  • Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations
  • Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations
  • Health and Safety at Work Act
  • PUWER (Provisions and Use of Work Equipment Regulations)
  • The EAW (Electricity at Work Regulations)

Testing can Help to Protect your Insurance

Insurance firms require you to always comply with the laws of health and safety, maintaining electrical appliances to a satisfactory level.

When a claim has been following an electrical accident involving portable appliances, insurers will always look for an up to date PAT testing certificate. Moreover, insurance firms may decide to decline a claim without evidence that you are maintaining your electrical appliances. On balance, insurance firms expect you to get your electrical appliances checked annually, proving they are safe.

When did you last get your electrical appliances PAT tested? Book a test today!

How Much Will PAT Testing Cost Me?

Punton Electrics will make sure your business and home appliances are safe for use and that you will be legally compliant.

Prices for PAT testing start at:

  • £50 + vat up to 15 items
  • £120 +vat up to 60 items
  • £180 + vat up to 120 items
  • £POA for more items

PAT Testing in Lymington & The New Forest

If you need PAT testing at your premises in Lymington or The New Forest, contact Punton Electrics. We are qualified electricians, experienced in all commercial and domestic electrics. We are a local electrician you can trust to keep you safe.

Book a PAT Test today! Call 01590 679081or email allan@puntonelectrics.co.uk