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.