Landlords have a duty of care to ensure that all portable electrical appliances provided to tenants are safe to operate, and cannot cause harm to the end-users if operated according to manufacturer’s recommendations.
Portable electrical appliances are generally categorised as any appliance with a plug on it, and that connects to mains electricity. In this context, ‘portable’ means that the appliance could conceivably be unplugged and moved, rather than simply being small and light in weight. For example, small electrical items such as kettles, toasters and lamps are classed as portable, but so are fridges, freezers and microwave ovens.
Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) ensures that appliances within a property are safe to use, and do not present an electric shock hazard to users. PAT testing not only checks the integrity of each appliance and its associated power cable, but also ensures that in the event of a fault, the appliance can safely trip the power supply before end-users are subjected to an electric shock.
How can I get my appliances tested?
If you have rental property on The Wirral, in Cheshire or in North Wales, HouseCert is the logical place to start. We offer an all in one solution for Landlords of rental properties looking for Portable Appliance Testing services.
Our total package includes testing and inspection of up to 30 individual portable appliances, takes roughly one hour to complete, and at the end of it, we provide you with an appliance register which shows the outcome of each appliance tested.
· PAT is completed by our locally-based Qualified Electricians, and up to 30 items takes about one hour to test.
- On completion, we will provide you with a detailed appliance register, which will state which items have been tested, which have passed and which (if any) have failed, so that you can take remedial action.
- The register will usually be issued within 24 hours of completion of the testing.
- Where a Landlord has requested more than one service from us, we will try to minimise disruption to tenants by completing all the work on the same visit.
IS PAT testing a legal requirement?
As already stated, there is a duty of care on all Landlords to ensure portable appliances are safe to use and do not constitute a risk to the end-user.
It is not against the law to fail to carry out Portable Appliance Testing, but if an untested appliance were to cause a problem (a fire, electrocution or injury) it could be difficult for a Landlord to prove that they had displayed due diligence in ensuring appliance safety, and criminal proceedings could follow.
It is recommended by the Electrical Safety Council that Landlords satisfy their Health and Safety obligations, by ensuring the safety of all portable appliances prior to letting a property, and at reasonable intervals thereafter.
Getting PAT testing done by a Qualified Electrician before letting the property is one way of displaying due diligence in regards to portable appliance safety.
It is also recommended that tenants are provided with handbooks for all portable appliances, and that they are instructed to read them prior to using the appliances.
I have an EICR, why do I need PAT?
An EICR (Electrical Installation Condition Report) is a report on the safety and condition of all the wiring within a property. The EICR does not cover tests on the safety of the appliances connected to the electrical system.
PAT is Portable Appliance Testing, and is a test carried out on ‘portable’ electrical appliances (fridges, toasters, kettles, lamps etc.).
What do I need to do next to get my portable appliances tested?
Simply call us on 01244 422101 to arrange a visit or get in touch via our contact form