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Frequently Asked Questions on PAT Testing

Updated: Jun 13

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There is a lot of confusion surrounding PAT testing as it isn’t as common as other forms of testing, but it’s still an important part of keeping you, your employees, tenants, customers, and the general public safe. Find out what PAT testing is, why it’s important, how often you should have it done, and how E K Fire Protection can help you with your PAT testing today!


What is PAT Testing?

Full Portable Appliance Testing entails a number of very in-depth checks to decipher the risk associated with using a range of electrical equipment. It begins with a visual inspection, at which point various potential issues may be noted. Then a variety of factors such as earth continuity, insulation resistance and lead polarity are analysed and recorded.


Depending on the type of appliances you’re using, you may only require a reduced PAT test which is restricted to the PAT insulation checks. To understand which service is most applicable for your situation, contact us here at E K Fire Protection and we’ll be more than happy to help out.


Why is PAT Testing Important?

A lot of people make the mistake of assuming that just because PAT testing isn’t legally required, there aren’t any major benefits to having it done. The most obvious advantage of PAT testing is that it’ll keep your employees, customers, and the general public safer as bad appliances can be identified and corrected or replaced.


PAT testing also means that you can identify problems sooner before they cause any other issues, potentially saving you money in the long run. Another way they save money is by protecting you in any insurance or legal issues as they're proof that you took the necessary steps to keep everybody safe.


How Often Should it Be Carried Out?

Because they aren’t a legal requirement, there aren’t any hard and fast regulations on how often PAT testing ought to be carried out. However, it’s generally recommended that class 1 equipment, such as general IT equipment, should be tested every 4 years. However, if you’re looking to test more dangerous equipment, like handheld devices or equipment that’s transported more often, then these ought to be tested every 12 months.


If you’re unsure about how often you should have your equipment PAT tested then, once again, all you need to do is contact us here at E K Fire Protection. Our experts are highly trained and very well experienced so you can rest assured when using our services!


If you have any further questions about PAT testing or if you’d like to hear about our other services including fire signage, lighting, and alarms, then don’t hesitate to get in touch with us by calling 01304 210909 today.

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