PAT Testing Services

PAT testing (Portable Appliance Testing) is an examination of all your portable electrical equipment and devices (anything with a plug attached), to ensure that they are safe to use.

Often, safety defects are visual and can be easily spotted. However, faults are generally detected by plugging the device into our specialist PAT testing equipment. If electrical appliance testing is not carried out, the defect could cause danger to the individual using the equipment, or to the building it is being used in.

✓ Faulty electrical equipment is the cause of 8,000 fires every year

✓ More than 15% of all domestic fires in England and Wales are caused by electrical faults

Ensure your Portable Appliances are Safe

The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 puts the duty of care on both the employer and employee to ensure the safety of all persons using the premises, including self-employed people. This gives everyone a degree of responsibility in the workplace, to take reasonable steps to ensure that no danger is posed by the use of any portable appliance.

With electrical equipment becoming more advanced and there being such a wide range of appliances, it is extremely important that all portable devices are PAT tested to minimise the risk of injury.

Our highly trained fire engineers place Green “PASSED” stickers on your equipment that is safe to use and Red “FAILED” stickers on items which are condemned. The plug is immediately detached from all failed appliances.

Prevent Electrical Accidents at Work

The level of inspection and testing required depends on the nature of the appliance and how likely it is to become faulty. The environment in which an appliance is used can also have an effect on the efficiency of the device. The requirement for a PAT test on a portable appliance is dependent on the guidelines provided by your insurer.

Most insurers will require annual testing of your portable appliances.

Safety is of the utmost importance to us and we believe in keeping the workplace as risk-free as possible for staff and customers. If you are responsible for tenants in flats or HMOs (homes of multiple occupation), our PAT testing advice for landlords will guide you.

We offer on-site PAT testing services to clients throughout Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire and North London.

PAT Testing Pass and Fail Stickers

Electrical Safety - Maintaining Highest Standards

Fire Guard Services can test all of your electrical appliances to ensure that they are in compliance with the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 (PDF) and are safe for use in the workplace. We recommend that all appliances be tested annually to maintain the highest standard of safety.

Fire Safety Accreditations and Experience

Our fire safety engineers have the following accreditations, experience and association memberships:


IOSH (Institute of Occupational Safety & Health) qualified


FPA (Fire Protection Association) qualified risk assessors


IFE (Institute of Fire Engineers) members

The British Fire Consortium - link to The British Fire Consortium website

Members of the British Fire Consortium

Alcumus Safe Contractor

Alcumus SafeContractor accredited


10+ years Fire Brigade experience

As a one-stop-shop for fire safety and protection, we can provide all the fire safety products, equipment or services you require throughout Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire, including:

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Fire alarms

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Risk assessments

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Fire extinguishers

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Emergency lighting

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Smoke detectors

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Fire signage

To find out more about our PAT testing services and other range of fire safety products and services including fire extinguishers, fire safety staff training, fire alarms and smoke detectors, please contact us to request a call back from one of our professional team.