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10% off PAT testing until 30th November

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We’re offering 10% OFF prices on PAT testing until 30 Nov 2017.

Call 0345 121 5665 now or complete the form to discuss your PAT testing project and you will receive our guide “5 things to know about PAT testing”

It’s the ideal time to secure the safety of your employees and workplace and save money at the same time.

Just click here to apply and we’ll be in touch straight away. And you’ll get our guide to PAT testing absolutely free.

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PAT testing for care homes explained

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PAT testing for care homes is an important consideration for anyone involved in this area of care. We entrust the care of many elderly people to care homes up and down the country and their staff are, in turn, responsible for all aspects of senior citizens’ health, welfare and safety.

As with any large scale living area, it is vitally important that electrical safety is reviewed regularly and PAT testing for care homes is carried out methodically and with due diligence.

Care Homes are characterised not only by the many electrical appliances in communal areas and kitchens, generally operated by staff and personal items in residents rooms, many of which may have been ‘imported by residents and relatives over time, such as televisions, radios, lamps hair dryers, and chargers.

250 Rio have extensive experience of PAT testing for care homes, working closely with the staff and dovetailing the work with the residents to ensure the minimum of disruption throughout the procedure.

We begin by looking at all the communal areas which tends to have communal televisions, sound systems, lighting and heaters and confirm they are in good working order. This includes in each case not just the appliance itself but also cables, sockets and plugs, checking for any signs of wear and tear or incorrect / loose wiring.

We move onto kitchens. Looking at kettles, microwaves, toasters, and other small kitchen appliances to ensure these are fit for purpose. Bathrooms may also boast hairdryers and heated rollers etc and also need to be considered.

We then conduct a review of individual rooms, trying to fit this round resident’s requirements. IN many care homes, beds will have electronic raising and lowering devices, may have electric blankets, both of which for obvious reasons must be in perfect working order at all times.

In a perfect world, new resident’s rooms should be checked when they arrive especially if they have brought electrical equipment with them when admitted.

If you are involved in specifying PAT testing for care homes, why not contact us today to find out more about our bespoke testing schedules and get a competitive quote. Call us on 0345 121 5665 or complete our contact form here.

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PAT testing for landlords

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PAT testing for landlords is not something you can ignore if you currently let residential property, whether they be houses, apartments or even holiday homes. As a landlord you have a duty of care to protect your tenants, whether they are long or short stay, if you are acting as a business.

Electrical safety is paramount and without proper regular testing can easily become the source of any number of problems, which in many cases, where there is damage, an injury associated with a fault or worse, you could be liable for unlimited damages if it is proven that you were negligent in your duty to the affected party.

It is therefore vital that you regularly have portable appliances tested in every property for which you have responsibility and have supplied this type of equipment. This covers all the main white goods and brown goods, such as fridges, freezers, microwaves, televisions, vacuum cleaners, stand-alone lamps, even electric mowers and hedgers.

We recommend that PAT testing for landlords is carried out routinely and regularly to safeguard tenants and protect you, the landlord, from any future action.  Once is not enough, as appliances may become faulty over time or through the misuse of others. It is not only a sensible precaution but protects your property from potential catastrophic damage.

Testing should always be carried out by a competent, trained operator working with the appropriate approved equipment to check all items correctly.

250 Rio have extensive experience in providing PAT tests in tenanted property, to ensure that work is carried out in a timely fashion and with minimum disruption to you or your tenants, working in single or multiple properties. Our unique colour labelling systems and detailed recording ensures that we can keep you appraised of next testing daters, but also allows everyone to see clearly which appliances have been tested and when the renewal date is due. These will also distinguish between appliances within the property at a certain time and anything(un-labelled) that might have been introduced at a later date.

So why not contact us today and make sure you comply with your obligation for PAT testing in your property.

Have all your portable appliances been PAT Tested?

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Plug and Socket Testing, PAT testingDid you know equipment used in mobile situations such as the equipment carried in Engineers vans, also needs to be PAT tested?

Generally all electrical equipment in the workplace is regularly tested to ensure it is safe for all employees and site visitors, and complies with current Health and Safety regulations. This is not the case however, with mobile electrical equipment which is often overlooked by business owners.

In essence all electrical equipment which is used outside of the office requires PAT testing. The overall responsibility to ensure this is done falls on the business owner.

“An employer has a duty for ‘the provision and maintenance of plant and systems of work that are, so far as is reasonably practicable, safe and without risks to health‘.”

So if you visit your customers and require electrical appliances such as mobile hairdressers, gardeners, locksmiths, handymen, DJs or self-employed builders etc., the best way to stay safe and comply with legislation is to have your equipment PAT tested by a professional. If the worst case scenario does happen you will be able to demonstrate you were diligent in providing every possible step to ensure the safety of your workforce and clients – and you will have the PAT test certificates and reports to show this.

Insurance companies frequently require PAT testing certificates, which can depend on the environment and the usage.

For further advice and to book your appointment please contact us on 0345 121 5665

Valuable discounts until end of September.

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PAT tests, portable appliance testingDuring the holiday period, we are delighted to announce discounted prices for PAT testing until 3oth September.

It’s an ideal time to have your business checked over, when there are more staff away on holiday, as this can minimise disruption.

Also particularly good for schools and colleges in the coming weeks prior to the new school start in September.

So why not get a quote today. See our discounted prices and get a free guide to PAT testing issues today. Click here now.

PAT testing is not just a box ticking exercise

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PAT testing ManchesterIn these busy, highly pressurised times business owners have multiple obligations to fulfil with regard to business administration and legal obligations. These obligations cannot be ignored in order to devote more time to satisfy business commitments.

One key responsibility is to ensure that they and their staff are kept safe. This is a priority. PAT testing is a vital component of keeping business owners, staff and customers safe from electrical perils 24/7. It is not just a box ticking exercise.

As PAT testing experts, we make it simple and cost effective for all types of businesses to comply with Health and Safety regulations for electrical safety compliance, appliance testing and certification. We offer a service which keeps employees and customers safe while impacting on businesses as little as possible. If PAT Testing is planned correctly, there will be minimal disruption to your business’s daily activities, we work around you to deliver a service which satisfies your requirements.

We work with small, medium and large enterprises testing as few as 15 items up to many thousands.

So contact the experts and we can take care of all your electrical workplace safety to the highest standards.

PAT testing – Why use us?

  • We use the latest pat testing technology, out of hours if required
  • Different coloured pass labels to identify next tests
  • Reliable, no fuss service
  • Highly competitive prices
  • All kit is regularly inspected to ensure accurate test results.
  • Certification given on completion for records and insurance purposes
  • City & Guilds Qualified PAT Testers who are NICEIC approved on the PAT Testing scheme
  • All engineers are also DBS checked.
  • Tailor made testing programmes are available to meet individual company needs.
  • Excellent pre and post customer service team; handling all your queries, providing helpful advice and access to engineers for technical information.

250 Rio specialise in offering you the very best portable appliance testing services. Gain peace of mind and contact us today

For more information regarding the legal requirements please see here

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How many appliances can your sockets handle safely?

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One of the most common source of electrical fires is the inappropriate use of sockets and gang plugs.

Users simply place too much power through sockets and leads that are not designed to take this level of electricity ampage, which leads to overheating and in extreme cases can cause catastrophic electrical fires.

It is vitally important that you follow some simple rules to prevent problems.

  • Check the current rating of the extension lead before plugging appliances into it. Most are rated at 13 A, but some are rated at only 10 A or less – the rating should be clearly marked on the back or underside of the extension lead. If not, refer to the manufacturer’s instructions
  • Never overload an extension lead by plugging in appliances that together will exceed the maximum current rating stated for the extension lead. This could cause the plug in the wall socket to overheat and possibly cause a fire.
  • Only use one socket extension lead per socket and never plug an extension lead into another extension lead
  • Use a multi-way bar extension lead rather than a block adaptor, as this will put less strain on the wall socket. Some block adaptors do not have a fuse, which increases the risk of overloading and fire.

Electrical Safety First – a safety charity provide detailed advice on this and have a handy ‘socket calculator’ so that you can check whether you are at risk. You can view this here.

Electricity is dangerous if not treated with respect. Make sure you don’t fall victim.

For office PAT testing services, why not contact us today.

 

Laptop overheating causes house fire

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A recent fire caused by an overheated laptop in Hampshire demonstrates the very real danger of electrical goods being mis-used in the home and the office.

In this instance the laptop had been left on charge overnight and it set fire to paper and a placemat and damaged a coffee table. Luckily the smoke alarms in the house were activated and alerted the family who were able to escape without further harm.

In this case the laptop had overheated having been left on to charge overnight and was clealry faulty. Other cases include situations where they are left perhaps on a bed and the ventilation becomes blocked and the appliance overheats.

We would suggest a few important safety tips for home and office to prevent a similar event befalling you.

  • When charging electrical items, keep them away from combustible materials, and don’t leave them on charge and unattended.
  • Carry out a visual check in your home to ensure your safety and reduce the risk of electrical fires.
  • Don’t store combustible materials close to the electrical intake equipment
  • An extension lead or adaptor has a limit to how many amps it can take, so do not to overload them. Keep to one plug per socket.
  • Check that your electrical products have not been recalled. In the last six years, more than 250 recall notices have been issued for electrical products, mostly due to a risk of electric shock or fire but  most recalls only achieving around 10 to 20 per cent success
  • Avoid buying counterfeit or substandard goods. They can contain incorrect or faulty parts that overheat risking fire or serious shock.
  • Keep electrical appliances clean and in good working order.
  • Regularly check for worn cables and wires. Check the cable is fastened securely to the plug and check the socket for scorch marks.
  • Switch off appliances at the socket when not in use and when you go out or go to bed, unless they are designed to be left on, like freezers.
  • Be aware of what you are charging, where it is and how long it has been on charge.
  • Don’t use chargers on surfaces such as bedding and carpets.
  • Buy your chargers from a reputable source.

We would be happy to provide advice on the correct PAT testing of appliances especially in an office environment to ensure you keep your employees safe.

Beware sub-standard laptop chargers

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On a recent PAT testing mission in the North East of the country, we came across a local news story which confirmed something we continue to have to ward against – the increase in dangerous imported chargers for laptops and other portable equipment.

The chargers in this case had been brought into Lowestoft and were being distributed locally – unfortunately they breached safety regulations because there was inadequate insulation between the circuit and its casing, plus its three pin plug casing was not of sufficient size – both increasing the risk of electric shock.

The article in the News Guardian can be read here and contains useful and important advice on how to look for inappropriate equipment.

If you require further advice or have any concerns about existing equipment then please do not hesitate to contact us.

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What does a PAT tester do all day?

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The world of the PAT tester is varied with no two days completely alike.

We thought you might be interested in a day in the life of a PAT tester so we’ve put together a short diary to explain what is involved and how we go about our work. How we work with our clients, how we minimimise the disruption to their working day and what we look for in testing and what we provide on completion.

See “A day in the life of a PAT tester” here.