Portable Appliance Testing (or PAT Testing) refers to the visual inspections and electronic tests conducted on electrical appliances to ensure their safety.
This is a good way for landlords to maintain high electrical safety standards in their rental properties.
Electrical equipment in properties must be maintained in a safe condition, even if, by law, PAT tests are not required. The health and safety of tenants and the general public is a legal requirement in all properties.
Therefore, PAT testing is crucial to any property that uses electrical equipment.
Typically, a PAT test takes 2-5 minutes to complete. Generally, PAT testing takes between 60–90 minutes, depending on how many appliances need to be tested and the size of the premises.
There is usually a 12-month interval between tests, but the interval can vary from 6 to 24 months, depending on the environment.
As a minimum, you should receive a report detailing the following after the portable appliance inspection and testing:
- Peace of mind that your equipment is in working shape and shouldn't start a fire on your property.
- A list of appliances with their types, names, locations, and descriptions.
- For each appliance tested, a complete set of test results.
- An explanation of any failed items.
- Labels indicating whether the appliance passed or failed, the next test due date, and the inspector's signature displayed on each unit.
The engineer who performed the inspection and testing will be glad to re-explain the report if you are still getting familiar with the technical aspects.
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