Portable appliance testing (PAT Testing) is a test periodically done on your electrical appliances.
This ensures they are effectively maintained and safe for use. During the test a visual inspection will be carried out first checking for any damage or wear and tear on the casing and flex and the correct wiring has been carried out. The equipment will then undergo a series of tests with an electrical pat tester. Once completed labels are attached to each item indicating the test results.
Although the law does not state that pat testing must be carried out, the health & safety executive advises that 25% of all reportable electrical accidents involve portable appliances and your insurance company may reject a claim if testing hasn’t been carried out.