Portable Appliance Testing
To arrange for a PAT - Portable Appliance Test contact HomeForce on 0131 315 0000.

In this article we've tried to explain what a PAT is, why it's needed and who can do it.
What is it?

Examination of electrical appliances and equipment to ensure that they are safe to use.
It involves a visual inspection and “testing” using a calibrated testing meter that checks earth resistance and continuity, insulation and polarity.  Readings must sit within accepted ranges.

In the context of property and homes a PAT is most commonly carried out by Landlords for tenanted properties though testing is also required for items used in the work place and by companies who provide electrical equipment on a temporary basis. .

What is a “Portable” appliance?

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) say “any electrical equipment that has the potential to cause injury”. So, in theory, that is any household electrical item but excluding the electrical wiring switches, light fittings, sockets and fuse boards etc in a domestic property; these are checked  as part of an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) CLICK HERE for more information on EICRs.

In practice all moveable items from Fridges, dishwashers and washing machines to kettles, lamps and extension plugs should be examined and tested.

Why is it needed?

Tests on electrical equipment are NOT legally required. It is the law though that Landlords must ensure that appliances provided with a property are in a reasonable state of repair and in proper working order. The way to ensure this is by having them tested.

When should it be done?

There is no specific legislation on how often a PAT should be carried out. Best practice is once per year.

What does it cost?

HomeForce can arrange for a PAT for £50 to cover any and all electrical items.

How long does it take?

It depends a little on how many items are to be tested but often it will take under and hour and almost always under two hours.

Who can do a PAT?

A PAT must be carried out by either a registered electrician OR any person who has completed appropriate training as a PAT Tester (which can include the landlord).

To arrange for a PAT test at your property contact HomeForce on 0131 315 0000 of via email on info@homeforcegroup.co.uk