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What Constitutes a Portable Appliance?

The Code of Practice covers all electrical equipment, however connected.

For simplicity we're going to define portable appliances as those that connect via a plug and socket - whether it be 230 or 110volts.  Hence it includes stationary or built-in items such as washing machines and refrigerators as well as the obvious portable, movable or hand held ones like kettles, vacuum cleaners, computers and electric drills. 

Also included are items such as multi-way power strips, multi-way plug-in adapters and long extension leads.

For equipment that has a removable power lead (eg: most PCs), the lead is checked first and then the appliance is checked separately. If satisfactory, both will have a passed sticker applied.

Microwave Ovens.

As microwave ovens are used on a regular basis it is common for the door seals to become contaminated and thus less effective, thereby allowing microwave energy to escape. Prolonged exposure to microwave energy can cause serious health problems.

We can test the level of microwave energy escaping with a hand held tester to determine if it is above the recognised safety level.

Microwave ovens also have interlocks to ensure that the microwaves cannot be generated with the door open. The basic radiation check also includes a check to confirm that the interlocks are working and that no microwave energy is emitted with the door open.

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