Cheap PAT Testing
Even the smallest electric shock can stop the heart if the current is directed into the right spot. A large current can cause extensive burning and intense pain – if it doesn’t kill you first. Who hasn’t seen some example of this on T.V., whether it is simply the comic ‘Einstein-effect’ hair, or the more gruesome burns and purpled ‘fern-pattern’ veins so beloved in murder mysteries such as C.S.I. There are also the countless fictional film examples of the stupidity of characters who accidentally electrocute themselves in the bath, or slip in a puddle near an exposed cable and so on. However, there are literally hundreds of electrical accidents each year that don’t involve stupidity, fictional murder or a freak combination of coincidental events. They are caused by worn cables, poorly maintained equipment, ancient wiring and a number of other causes which are largely avoidable with the proper maintenance and regular inspections. It is judged that over 25% of electrical accidents are caused by faulty portable electrical appliances and poor wiring, resulting in at least 30 fatalities each year in the UK alone. With this in mind, Portable Appliance Testing, also known as PAT Testing, has been made mandatory for all employers and landlords, as well as for institutions such as schools and hospitals. PAT testing should not be avoided or skimped on. Although cheap PAT Testing is possible, customers should make sure the work they receive is merely inexpensive not shoddy or inept, as PAT testing arguably saves lives. There are a number of ways in which PAT Testing costs are determined, either on an item-by-item basis, or by flat rates based on numbers or room type, or on an hourly rate. Although the concept of ‘cheapness’ is inevitably relative, the more appliances to be tested, the higher the costs. However, given the number of tests conducted, the preventative measures undertaken and various other factors, relatively cheap PAT Testing is possible for the majority of businesses and other establishments.
B.L.C. Property Services provides reasonably priced PAT testing in accordance with Government regulations which demand that PAT testing ensures that ‘work equipment is maintained in an efficient state, in efficient working order and in good repair’ (Provisions and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998). The highly qualified Eagle Property Solutions inspector and/or tester conducts a preliminary or visual inspection, insulation testing, functional checks, earth continuity testing (if necessary), looks for thermal, mechanical and electrical damage to the appliances and flexible cables, and also checks the socket outlets and plug-heads, replacing faulty plugs and fuses for free. B.L.C. Property Services provides cheap PAT Testing that also includes PAT labels, which are affixed to each individual appliance and have a unique identification code, show if the item has passed the tests, state the date of the test and the date of the next test. These labels are of particular importance given the necessity of record keeping for landlords and employers. The labels provide proof that they have passed all the regulation PAT tests and are not endangering their employees and tenants, ensuring that electrocuted hair and grisly electrical burns remain the stuff of television plots rather than becoming a horrific reality.