Recently, one of my engineers was sent to carry out the testing at a number of properties owned by landlords who are obviously aware of their requirements relating to ensuring that their tenants electrical equipment is safe to be used …
The Joys Of PAT Testing
Now, as a matter of course, we attend various premises throughout the year but there are times when we are really not sure if it is worth the trouble.
On arriving at the premises, my engineer told me he was greeted by students, probably still half asleep. Now, I have been in halls of residence in the past, but nothing was going to prepare him for what he was greeted with.
The kitchen in the property was disgusting. From used food containers overflowing the bin and other bin bags stacked up around it. It would not have hurt to have washed up a little of the dirty dishes and, “oh boy” the cooker well. Yuck!
I can’t repeat the words that were used by my engineer, but on returning to the office, he asked if he could shower, to which I started laughing. We have all been there, but I think he will be a little more prepared next time, from ensuring that he has the disposable gloves in his pocket and the cleaning wipes for the equipment – oh and for himself for afterwards!
I think he felt a little better when I said that when I visited a hall of residence in a University, I was greeted with a similar situation, what looked like rice had been thrown all over the kitchen tops.
It was only when I took a step closer did I notice that the rice was moving! I have to admit, this was the first time I did actually refuse to test the area until it was cleaned.
So please take this as a gentle reminder to clean before we arrive!So if you are a landlord and you understand your responsibilities to safety of electrical equipment, please remember that your tenants also have a responsibility to ensure that the property is keep in a good state.
Until next time …