Electrical testing is a critical part of ensuring the safety of your property and the appliances installed in it. After testing, a certification or report will be given to you, and it may contain information on any overloaded circuits, possible fire hazards, electrical shocks, defective electrical circuits, and lack of earthing or bonding. An electrical report may state the condition of electrical appliances, too, as these installations can deteriorate over time. They can become less efficient and unsafe to use because of overloading. Testing at regular intervals should ensure their safety and their reduced risk of causing any trouble for anyone in your property.
The electrical safety testing for appliances is known as PAT (portable appliances testing). Despite the term, ‘portable’, the test encompasses installations like hand dryers, hobs, ovens, and the commercial, industrial, and domestic properties. An electrical report will be necessary if you are having your property insured. Insurance companies make sure that your property is safe, which can be a factory that can affect your monthly premiums and the coverage. Only a certified electrician that is registered with NICEIC, NAPIT, or ELECSA is qualified to conduct the testing and inspection of electrical appliances and installations in your property.
Landlords have a responsibility to consider PAT testing before accepting tenants. That way, they can ensure that all appliances are safe for people to use. Keep in mind that the testing is an important aspect of health and safety procedures, and the 1974 Health and Safety at Work Act requires you to have a maintenance program, which includes inspection and checking of all appliances. Testing is required for appliances and equipment that have been hired or repaired, too. After testing, the appliances are recorded with an annual retest date, so you can remember the latest test and ensure that the next will be fulfilled.