What is Portable appliance Testing? ( Pat Test)

Portable appliance testing (PAT) is the term used to describe the examination of electrical appliances and equipment to ensure they are safe to use. Most electrical safety defects can be found by visual examination but some types of defect can only be found by testing. However, it is essential to understand that visual examination is an essential part of the process because some types of electrical safety defect can't be detected by testing alone.

A relatively brief user check (based upon some training and perhaps assisted by the use of a brief checklist) can be a very useful part of any electrical maintenance regime. However, more formal visual inspection and testing by a competent person may also be required at appropriate intervals, depending upon the type of equipment and the environment in which it is used

Whats the Law surrounding Pat Testing and is it a legal requirement?
How often do i need to test my electrical appliances?

If you rent your caravan to the general Public you should have your portable electrical appliances checked at yeat Yearly to ensure that each one is safe to use. Because the nature of the rental, Caravan Rentals are placed in the high risk and these items should be checked at least yearly.

Do i get a Certificate and are my appliances labelled?

At the start of each test you will have each item entered on the certificate with an ID number which is also shown on the label attached to the item. This will give users reassurance that the appliance has been checked and safe.

Why do you charge more for other Parks?

As owners ourselves we're happy to carry out PAT testing for owners of the 3 Park holiday sites at a discounted rate, Having to travel to other parks who are often miles away does tend to bump up the price and the price we charge for other parks reflects this addition travel expense.

What qualification do you have to do pat testing?

All Pat Testers are qualified to City and Guilds Level 3 Certificate for In-Service Inspections and Testing of Electrical Equipment (2377) which is the new qualification.

We are also proud members of The Portable Appliance Testing Trade Association

The Portable Appliance Testing Trade Association
What needs to be pat tested?

Fridges, Kettles, Phone Chargers, Games consols, Dishwashers, Washing Machines, Tuble Dryers, Toasters, Microwave, TV's, Lamps, Portable air Con units, Cookers with a 3 pin plug, Air Fryers, Heaters, Basically anything that you can plug into a wall socket

When you check the microwave do you check for leaks?

A leak test of the Microwave is notb part of the pat testing , however we will carry out a leakage test for an addition £5 and add thsi to the certificate.

What happens if an item fails?

If an item fails we would usually mark this up on the certificate and stick a failed label on it. It is your responability to have the item removed from the caravan or Lodge, knowingly letting a dangerous appliance be used is a serious offence especially if that person has a shock or dies as a result.

I don't rent my Caravan out do i need a pat test??

One answer, How do you know your appliances are safe? In short you dont, so getting them checked and having a certificate could see a reduction in your insurance as the majority of fires in caravans are electrical.