Do you PAT test new items ?

PAT testing new items is an ‘interesting’ topic.

Strictly speaking when you purchase a new electrical item, it SHOULD come up to British standards and be safe to use.

The definitive word here is SHOULD.

During the years we have seen many new items which have failed a PAT test. We have to say, normally it is goods purchased from a well-known internet auction site, from countries other than the UK.

The decision therefore falls down to you and whether you think an item should be tested or not. Most of the time there is no need, but as mentioned there are occasions when a new item can fail a PAT test.

What we offer is, totally free of charge, we will carry out a quick visual inspection of any new electrical items should you wish. Normally most warning signs can be spotted by a visual inspection. If it is ok, then great. If we are unsure you can then decide whether to carry out a full test. If we spot something wrong then it is time to dig out the receipt for a refund.

So in summary, we do not have the answer about whether new items need PAT testing or not, but we will try to take steps to ensure everything is safe to use for you

PAT does not have to be TESTING ….