Sellers of Second Hand Electrical Equipment
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Unsafe electrical equipment can kill you. An electric shock can be deadly, while other risks involve burns, minor shocks and a fire in the home.
Solution – One way to find out if a second-hand electrical item is safe, is to get it tested.
A Portable Appliance Test examines electrical appliances, and picks up on internal defects.
A PAT test gives, you the seller, and the consumer, some security if they can't afford to buy a brand new electrical item.
An electric shock commonly comes down to whether a person comes into contact with frayed or damaged wires caused by general wear and tear. Everyday items, such as irons, hair dryers and hair straighteners, can be a risk if the cord is frayed, so always check for exposed wires which can be a real danger.
The law is as strict for selling new items as second-hand goods. There is clear guidance out there that sellers should comply with, including PAS 141, the Plugs and Sockets etc (Safety) Regulations 1994 the Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994, the Guide to the Consumer Protection Act 1987 and the Local Trading Standards.