What to check for:

  • Hot plugs and sockets, fuses that blow frequently, flickering lights and scorch marks on sockets or plugs; these are all signs of loose wiring or other problems that should be fixed

  • Badly wired plugs – if you can see the coloured wires sticking out, they can come loose and debris can also get into the plug

  • Frayed power leads – the outer covering of all power leads should be in good condition and not damaged

  • Repaired power leads – split or frayed leads should not just be taped over as this is not a secure repair; they should be replaced

  • Overloaded sockets – too many electrical appliances plugged into one socket or adapter can overload it, which will lead to overheating

  • Badly positioned cables – they should not be anywhere they could be tripped over, or near to water, or close to cookers or other sources of heat; and don't run them under rugs or carpets where they can wear through without anyone noticing

  • Water near electrical items – cables and plugs should never be in danger of getting wet; so don't put a vase of flowers on the TV, for example.

We recommend you uses this list above with Portable Appliance Testing not instead of PAT Testing.

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