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What Is A PAT Test And What Is It Used For?

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PAT testing is an important service for electrical devices. It’s important for everybody to ensure these appliances are maintained well and safe to use. We’ve put together this brief overview on what you should know about it:

What Is PAT Testing?

The acronym stands for ‘portable appliance testing‘ and it involves examining devices to make sure they are safe to use. This can range from small items like lamps and toasters, to larger appliances such as photocopiers and fridges.

PAT testing includes a visual inspection, looking for any damages that may impact use or safety. For example, are there exposed wires or is the cable split or twisted? There are a few things an electrician will look for when carrying out the inspection. Defects can be visible, but for a more thorough service, getting PAT testing is important. A full test will involve specialist equipment that will help pick up on any internal issues.

Electrical equipment can be put into various classes and categories to determine what needs to be tested. For more information and guidance on what you should get examined, get in touch with our team today.

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Safety Checks

The biggest benefit of PAT testing is that is helps keep appliances safe to use. As it indicates any problems with the electrical components, it can help to reduce the chances of any accident that could be a result of an electrical fault. Shocks and fires are common and these can cause a lot of damage to people and their surroundings. This can be life threatening, and might also require costly repairs. For peace of mind, it’s important to stay up to date with safety checks. What to test – and how often – depends on the type of appliance. If you’re unsure, contact us for professional advice.

Is PAT Testing A Legal Requirement?

This service to devices isn’t in legislation. However, landlords and employers should always ensure electricals are maintained well and safe to use. PAT testing guidance says that it is a reliable and trustworthy method of ensuring safety, so is highly recommended. 

Get In Touch With KS Electrical Solutions Today

If you’re looking to get various devices and appliances checked, then contact us now. Our friendly team will help ensure all your devices are safe for use. For peace of mind on your electricals, get in touch with our team for domestic and commercial services.


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