The Electrical Testers engineers really do see some sights when out and about.
Check out this washing machine:
Despite the inexplicably clean drum, no one would want an object as seemingly harmless as the humble washing machine to end up looking like that, would they?
And look at this plug (excuse the slightly blurred photo!):
Visual inspection passed?! We’d love to know what state it would need to be in to fail!
If the two examples above aren’t enough to convince you that electrical testing is something every business and homeowner should invest in regularly, we’d like to let you in on some of the most common questions asked about this vital part of business or home ownership.
It’s recommended that periodic electrical inspections are carried out every five years, and should be focused on the entire electrical installation within the premises.
A lot can change in five years, therefore it really isn’t worth leaving anything to chance.
Unless you’re a qualified and electrically-competent engineer – no.
Leave this stuff to the professionals to avoid personal injury and ensure the testing is completely in-line with modern regulations.
Although not entirely necessary, it’s always advisable to remove redundant wiring.
At the very least, it should be permanently disconnected from any electrical supply – that goes without saying.
There’s quite a few you’ll need to bear in mind if you intend to let out a property to a business or individual.
Under the Landlords and Tenants Act (1985), you’ll need to ensure the electrical installation within the property is:
Start by returning the appliance – never install it.
It’s also worth considering contacting Trading Standards or Citizens Advice to register your concerns.
Hiding behind the walls of most buildings are countless electrical cables that feed power outlets and send electricity to lighting and other devices mounted on the surface. Left untested, it could pose a serious threat.
Despite the upheaval this may cause, the benefits of electrical testing hidden wiring behind walls, within cavities and contained in trunking are numerous.
Often, it’s what you can’t see that could result in the biggest and most catastrophic electrical problem.
PAT testing isn’t required by law, but that doesn’t mean you should shortcut it.
The Health and Safety Executive offers the best explanation:
“The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 require that any electrical equipment that has the potential to cause injury is maintained in a safe condition. However, the Regulations do not specify what needs to be done, by whom or how frequently (ie they don’t make inspection or testing of electrical appliances a legal requirement, nor do they make it a legal requirement to undertake this annually).”
Get that PAT testing booked!
Electrical testing might be the last thing on your busy to-do list, but it can mean the difference between a safe workplace and one which is inherently risky for every member of staff.
Contact us if you think we can help with your electrical testing requirements!
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