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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

Plug and Socket Testing

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.

Which kneepads?

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I would say this is a very important buy for most people in my line of work because if we don’t take care of ourselves then we could be in lots of pain towards the end of our careers.

There can be plenty of problems long term with bone fractures, rheumatic diseases, all forms of tendinitis, osteoarthritis, meniscus tears and ligament injuries. I am sure there are much more but these are more of the common types of knee injury.

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What is a PAT Testing Certificate?

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A PAT Testing certificate is a document that shows the company they are compliant with the regulations by having their electrical equipment regularly inspected for and damage or risks.

The certificate is proof that the person responsible for maintaining their equipment has taken the correct steps to ensure their equipment is safe to use.

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Brand New PAT Testing Labels

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250Rio are proud to announce we are now using a new and improved design of our existing PAT Testing Pass label.

Our last label was constantly curling. The new improved sticky and much more hardwearing polypropalene makes the old label a thing of the past.
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