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What items need to be PAT tested?

As a general rule of thumb, any appliances with an electrical plug that can be moved should be tested. This includes:

  • Televisions
  • Stereos
  • Microwaves and portable grills
  • Toasters
  • Coffee machines
  • Vacuum cleaners
  • Lamps


Large white goods, like fridges, freezers and washing machines, may seem like a fixed appliance, but for testing purposes, they are considered portable because they have a plug.

Some items that are fixed to surfaces but have a plug may also require PAT testing, such as heated towel rails.