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What Is Electrical Testing and Why Do I Need It?

By November 11, 2016February 8th, 2017News & Communications

We depend heavily on electrical devices and appliances in both our personal and working lives, which is precisely why regular electrical testing and portable appliance testing (PAT) are such integral procedures for the home and office. In today’s blog, London Electricians explore the concept of electrical testing and why it is so important for the safety of our London customers:


What Is Electrical Testing?

Electrical testing is the process of inspecting electrical products and equipment to ensure that they conform to safe operating guidelines. Recurrence of testing on equipment depends on a number of factors, including frequency of use and environment. However, visual inspections should be carried out continuously to spot any problem signs.


What Items Need Electrical Testing?

Any piece of equipment or appliance that uses electricity as a means of running or powering itself will need electrical testing. This includes portable and fixed appliances such as microwaves, hairdryers, printers, computers and extension leads to name but a few.


Why Is Electrical Testing Important?

Although electrical testing is not a legal requirement, if you are responsible for the protection and wellbeing of others – such as employees and tenants – then you are obligated to ensure their living or working environment is safe from electrical danger. This is especially true of employers, who are required to adhere to guidelines set out by the Electricity at Work Regulations.

Checking for any faults or issues and repairing them accordingly will prevent serious incidents such as electric shock, fire, or a fatal injury from occurring. Moreover, your insurance company may demand evidence that you are carrying out frequent electrical testing as part of your policy agreement.


Can I Do This Myself?

Provided that you have the right training and tools, it is possible for you or your team to carry out electrical testing yourself. We wouldn’t recommend this, however, as testing all of your electrical equipment can be extremely time consuming and therefore take away precious resources from the day to day running of your business. Furthermore, there may be unexpected complications which arise that can only be dealt with by an experienced technician.


Don’t wait for tragedy to strike. The highly qualified team of engineers at London Electricians have gained years of experience providing electrical testing and general electrical services for homes and businesses across Westminster, Kensington & Chelsea, Hammersmith & Fulham, Camden and the general London area. We will conduct in-depth and thorough inspections of your electrical appliances and equipment to give you complete peace of mind. Contact us now on 020 8728 9179 or complete our quick and simple contact form.