What causes an electrical fire?
Electrical Fire

Electrical fires have been at the forefront of the news a lot recently due to several high profile events, but how much do we know about what causes an electrical fire, how can we prevent them happening and what can we put in place to help contain them if they do break out?   Electricity […]

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Part M Switches and Sockets
Push switch

Since it’s introduction in 2004, Part M of the building regulations aims to make it easier for people with a disability to use and access buildings. You may have noticed that buildings now have ramps, wider doors, railings and more to allow easier access. Electrically, Part M is concerned with switches, sockets and other controls. […]

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Hotel Key Card Switches
Hotel Key Card Switches

Improve energy saving in your hotel, B&B or guesthouse Hotel Key Card switches improve energy saving by working as the main switch in a hotel room. They’re easily operated by the guests, with lights and electric heating only becoming operational when the guest enters the relevant card into the switch. This saves energy by stopping […]

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Emergency Lighting Testing

Emergency lighting systems are your guardian angel when trying to exit a building in a safe manner during a power cut or urgent situation. Failure of your system is not an option either for the occupants or duty holders. For this reason they should be thoroughly inspected on a regular basis. The following are minimum […]

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PAT Testing Risk Assessment Approach
PAT Testing

As many of you know, the old adage that PAT testing must be carried out annually is a myth that has been spread by bad PAT testing companies looking to make more money out of you. Some businesses will test many of their items annually, some may be bound by a tenancy or lease agreement […]

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School PAT Testing
School PAT Testing

Finally, the summer is upon is. And I don’t just mean the weather. Children and teachers from all over the country are welcoming the start of the summer holidays. But it’s not fun for everyone involved; caretakers and estates managers are about to embark on one of the busiest periods of the year. The traditional […]

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Common PAT Testing Failures
Misrated Fuse

Here are some examples of common PAT testing failures we find to give you an idea of what is deemed safe or not. It is important that the duty holder and end user have a basic knowledge of these items, so that any appliance that becomes unsafe between test periods gets removed from service and/or […]

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PAT Testing for Home Workers
PAT Testing for Home Workers

I’d like to thank everyone at Google for their excellent Google Analytics tool. Not only does it allow you to track visitors to your site in great detail, you can even find out how visitors find your site in the first place, what search engine they came from and what search term they used. Yesterday […]

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Counterfeit Plugs
Counterfeit Plugs

It seems that a suspect batch of counterfeit plugs has entered the UK market. Many of us will have been stung online before with counterfeit goods, either from internet auction sites or other outlets but it’s not the branding that is in question with these items – it seems they have been¬†molded as BS1363 (the […]

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What is a Portable Appliance?

So your PAT testing is due, you’re in the process of getting quotes and you’ve been asked how many items you’ve got that require testing. How do you define what is a portable appliance, what isn’t and what needs testing? A common myth is that the appliance has to be below 18kg in weight – […]

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