Here are the questions we are most frequently being asked.

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Frequently asked questions

I have heard you need to be an electrician to PAT test appliances, is that true?

No, you do not need to be an electrician to PAT test. Anybody can do it after suitable instruction/training.

I have heard I need some electrical experience to PAT test and it is quite complicated, is that true?

No, you do not need any electrical experience at all. PAT testing is not complicated as the majority of PAT testing is common sense and very straight forward.

What should we do with appliances that fail a PAT test?

If an appliance fails a PAT test we recommend you apply a red ‘FAILED-DO NOT USE’ label (which we can supply) and dispose of the appliance for recycling. Alternatively if the appliance is of high value it can be passed to an electrician for repair.

If I purchase a PAT Tester and/or training from First Stop Safety do I have any support or anyone I can speak to if I need help PAT testing?

Yes. First Stop Safety offers a free and friendly technical support helpline open 8:45am-5:00pm Monday to Thursday and 9:00am-4:00pm Friday.