Electrical testing (pat testing)

Electrical inspection and testing

Electrical inspection and testing is something that landlords of rented properties should consider having carried out every five years, or on the change of tenancy to ensure that the electrical installation is safe. The Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 places a requirement on landlords to keep in repair, and proper working order, the installations in the dwelling for:

  • The supply of water
  • Gas
  • Electricity
  • Sanitation (including basins, sinks, baths and sanitary conveniences)
  • Installations in the dwelling-house for space heating and heating water.

It is also highly recommended that householders have an electrical inspection in the home carried out every ten years or change of occupancy. This may change depending on the condition of the installation, and this would be based on the previous periodic inspection recommendation. In some cases, an installation may not have been inspected and tested for some time, therefore there is no record of the next recommended date of inspection. In this case, the new or existing owner of the property should consider having an inspection carried out.

An electrical fault on an installation can cause electrical fires and potentially fatal electric shocks. Regular checks will reduce the risks of this happening. Competent and registered installers will be able to undertake these inspections and help to reduce the likelihood of electrical fires.

Portable Appliance Testing (PAT)

Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) is normally undertaken in industrial and commercial premises and is the duty on the landlord for rented properties under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985. As stated above, electrical equipment provided by the landlord for use by the tenant(s) e.g. kettles, toasters, electric cookers etc. should be tested at the recommended intervals in accordance with the IET Code of Practice for In-service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment.

Fixed Appliance Testing (FAT) on items such as storage heaters, cookers and hand driers should also be carried out at recommended intervals.

Why have an inspection?

Regular electrical inspections could be the difference between life and death, with electricity being amongst the main causes of fires in the UK. Between 1st April 2010 and 31st March 2015 there were over 36,000 accidental dwelling fires in England where the source of ignition was “Electrical Distribution” or “Other Electrical appliances”.

Some common issues found during inspections are:

  • The sheaths of the cables of individual electrical circuits may have deteriorated to such an extent that they need replacing.
  • An electrical circuit may have suffered mechanical damage that reduces its capacity to safely carry the load current to which it is subjected.
  • The electrical systems may have protective devices that are no longer functioning correctly and which could fail when a fault occurs e.g. the RCD has seized and does not trip when a fault occurs.
  • Metal light fittings or accessories may not have a protective earth connection within the lighting circuit leaving the householder at risk of an electric shock should the fitting or accessory develop a fault.
  • Lack of or undersized earthing conductor within the installation which could leave you vulnerable to the risk of electric shock.
  • Lack of or undersized main protective bonding conductors to your gas and water installation pipes within the installation which could leave you vulnerable to the risk of electric shock.

The best way to ensure your electrics are safe is to have a Periodic Inspection by having an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) carried out. An EICR should be carried out by a competent, registered electrician with experience of carrying out inspecting and testing within the last five years or within the time frame determined by the electrical installer. This then confirms, as far as possible, whether or not the electrical installation is in a safe condition for continued service, and the nature of any work that may be required to bring it back to a safe condition.

Electrical testing, PAT and inspection quotes

Having your electrics inspected will reduce the chances of a fault occurring and help to keep you and your family safe. PAT testing of any household appliances supplied by a landlord will check their safety.

These types of work should be carried out by Full Scope Part P Registered Competent Electrical Installers, registered with a Competent Persons Scheme such as NAPIT.

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Local Electrical testing (pat testing) Projects

Project: in process of buying property by end of the month full electrical survey immediate please contact to appoint *
Project: PAT Testing for some customers at our AGM next Tuesday 13th Jan 2015 at Phyllis Court in Henley Homeowner Please contact to appoint
Project: pat testing for 14 bedroom hotel, restaurant and public bar Commercial Please contact to appoint
Project: We need an electrical safety certificate for our 2 bedroom rented flat in Banchory. Please let us know if you can do the work, when you can do it and the cost Homeowner Please contact to appoint
Project: PAT testing on around 700 appliances in an office environment Commercial Please contact to appoint
Project: Home owner Electrical safety certificate for house as it will be rented out soon It's a 3 bedroom built in 1995. Time scale: Immediate Please call to appoint *
Project: Testing and certificate for electrics at Salon so we are up to date with health and safety Commercial Please contact to appoint
Project: homeowner 2 air vent put into a bedroom and a downstairs room. immediate please contact to appoint
Project: need a EICR safety certificate for my 3 bed house ,to present to a fostering agency Homeowner Please contact to appoint
Project: Mother on behalf of son (works away) Safety inspection and certificate for the property to be rented out Immediate Please call to appoint *
Project: Homeowner Electrical testing Health and safety check required Supplied and installed Please contact to appoint
Project: Our oven trips all the electric when it is switched on. It is a NEFF and is fitted Homeowner Please contact to appoint
Project: 10 year old house, require electrical certificate, no known faults Homeowner Please contact to appoint *
Project: To pat test a laptop and charger and a portable vac cleaner and get s pat test certificate Homeowner Please contact to appoint
Project: owner Commercial Building Electrical Safety Test with Certificate Time scale: Immediate please contact to appoint
Project: Home Owner I have a specific issue with a new washing machine I bought which shuts off after every cycle. I think the power coming through the sockets in not sufficient and I would like this tested. ...
Project: Property Owner Electrical safety check Are you the property owner: Owner of the property Property Type: Semi detached How many bedrooms do you have: 3-4 Bedrooms Whole property to be rewired: N...
Project: 1. The property's electrical installation should be tested by a qualified and registered electrician - a precautionary test of the fuse box, trip switches, sockets, immersion heater. 2. Costs of ins...
Project: Are you the property owner: Tenant (with permission) Property Type: Commercial Food manufacturing Pat test deep fat fryer - commercial please contact to appoint *

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PAT testing activity in June 2018

PAT testing Projects in the UK in June 2018

May 2018 April / May
Greater London 4,490 52%
South East 2,650 17%
North West 1,770 48%
Yorkshire & Humber 1,470 47%
Western Midlands 1,445 50%
Scotland 1,404 21%
South West 1,301 13%
East Midlands 1,119 29%
East Of England 950 19%
Wales 636 -3%
Northern Ireland 409 27%
North East 130 18%
United Kingdom 17,774 32%

Source: Numbers calculated based on the search volumes in major search engines.

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