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PAT testing
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Do I need to have my appliances tested?

Under current legislation, there is a duty of care placed upon any employer, as well as residential landlords, to ensure that the electrical equipment provided by them for the use of their tenants or employees, is safe.

What is a "Portable Appliance"?

The term Portable Appliance is not merely confined to objects which might be regarded as “portable” and includes stationary, but moveable, equipment such as fridges and washing machines, or specialist scientific equipment. In other words anything that is “plugged into a socket.

Can anyone carry out a PAT Test?

Yes, so long as they are deemed to be “competent” That is, knowledgeable enough to be able to make an informed inspection of the appliance and, separately, its power cable (if connected by a separate plug to the appliance) and also to test it for electrical safety using suitable test equipment correctly. However, “competent” is a vague term - our staff are competent and fully qualified to PAT test.

How do you carry out the PAT Test?

Each item is visually inspected and then connected to our PAT tester to be tested for continuity and resistance.

Detachable power leads (“kettle leads etc”) and trailing extensions are classed as separate items as they require a different inspection and test.

If the plug is not a fused, sealed type, it must be opened and inspected inside. If we fail these, or the fuses (e.g. the fuse you have is rated to high for the item), we will rewire the plug and /or replace the fuse at no additional charge. If it requires a new plug there will be a small charge for a new plug.

We label each item tested and keep a signed record of all items tested. We supply you with a copy for your Health & Safety file.

We will contact you in 12 months, if you wish, to remind you that the test is due.

How often should it be done?

There is no specified frequency – it is left to your H&S Risk Assessment to determine: it depends on usage and the environment the equipment is in. For tenancies, it is recommended that before a new tenancy begins would be ideal. For businesses it simply depends on how much wear and tear or misuse the item is subjected to. For an office environment annually is probably safe, but site equipment would require more frequent testing. As ever, it is your insurers who are the ultimate arbiters. It is best to check with them to ensure that your insurance position is clear, in the event of an accident.

Fire Safety Cornwall


We provide the full range of fire safety in Cornwall including:

  • fire alarms
  • smoke alarms
  • passive fire protection
  • fire extinguishers
  • fire risk assessments

For more information on services and products, please visit our fire safety page.

Security Systems Cornwall


As well as providing fire safety, Fal Fire can help to protect your home or business with a range of security systems including:

  • security systems
  • CCTV
  • door entry and access control
  • panic alarms

For more information, please visit our security page.

Fire Training Cornwall

extinguisher practice

Effective fire prevention and management starts with training your staff in fire awareness, procedures, and use of fire extinguishers. We provide both live and online fire training to cover all your needs.

  • Online training courses
  • 1 hour verbal fire awareness training
  • 3 hour fire warden training
  • Live fire training
  • Bespoke fire training

For more information, please see our fire training page.

Environmental Responsibilities


We think that our role in protecting our world is of great importance, and as a company working with many different types of waste, we ensure that we always process and recycle our waste sustainably and in compliance with all current waste regulations. 

Fal Fire & Security
Unit 11
Kernick Industrial Estate
TR10 9EP
01326 373896

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Fal Fire & Security is a registered part of Fal Fire Protection Ltd.