You may have heard of a thing called portable appliance testing before, if you have not, it refers to a process wherein a technician will come into your home or business and do a thorough inspection of any appliances or electrical equipment that you may have. This is done to ensure that there are not any electrical defects that you need to be worried about. If you are not already getting regular testing done, then you should be. In this article, we are going to explain some of the major benefits associated with regular PAT testing.
Less risk of injury
Electrical appliances and electrical equipment are a lot more dangerous than people assume. Even a simple household appliance can malfunction and cause either serious property damage (by starting an electrical fire) or serious bodily injury (through electrocution). Because of stringent safety measures, most electrical appliances and equipment do not fail. However, these safety measures can fail and that will expose you to serious injury. Regular PAT testing helps spot these defects before they can cause damage. Regular testing is one of the best ways of lowering your risk of injury when using appliances or electrical equipment.
It can help you with insurance
Getting testing done regularly can potentially help you with insurance related issues. Some insurance agencies may have certain safety requirements that you can fulfill by scheduling regular testing. Likewise, other insurance companies may offer benefits if you show them that your appliances and electrical equipment are tested regularly. Of course, this is heavily dependent on which insurance company you use. So, make sure to check with your insurance company and see if they offer any benefits in exchange for getting regular testing done.
It may be necessary to comply with certain regulations
Safety regulations tend to be very strict and it is possible that some safety regulations may require you to get PAT testing done regularly. Being on the wrong side of safety regulations can have some pretty nasty consequences, namely fines and legal action. The technicians who do the inspections will be up to date on all the latest regulations and can help you make sure that you comply with all the relevant regulations.
Who should get testing done?
On the surface, it may seem like only businesses would benefit from regular testing. After all, most residential homes are not operating sophisticated electrical equipment regularly. But, this is wrong. Both businesses and residential homes can benefit from regular testing. This is especially true if you have a home with lots of people in it. You want to make sure that everyone in the home is safe and one of the ways of doing that is by ensuring that all the appliances in the home are safe.