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ME PAT Services July 2016 Newsletter

  • Posted on: 26 October 2016
  • By: Mike
Hello folks and a warm welcome to you all, or should I say “hot” as the temperatures have really soared over the past few weeks. This is our monthly newsletter for July – which is our way of featuring what is “hot or not” [sorry couldn’t resist it] in the world of Electrical Health & Safety and Portable Appliance Testing via stories and information. We have articles about overheating cables and plugs, and just in time for the holidays – faulty chargers and universal adaptors! Finally I will give you a quick update on the progress of my book project “Newcastle Old and New the story so far…” which “soft” launched in March 2016 and has reached yet another milestone…

And, talking about the heat…
Whilst on the subject of “hot”, it may sound corny and a bit too obvious but if your plugs and cables are hot to the touch then switch them off, once cool then unplug immediately and check their wiring as they could be in danger of overloading or blowing up! Worst still the appliance plug or cable could still be hot enough to cause injury. Furthermore as the summer holidays starts soon [or has started] then you could have children around the office especially if you are self-employed and working from home. Remember the danger is more than just for you it is for others too. I may sound alarmist but we do our very best to alert people to the dangers, if in any doubt give us a call for free advice and/or a free survey… 

Faulty adaptors prompt safety warning
Electrical accessoriesThe safety risks of non-compliant electrical accessories have again been highlighted with hundreds of dangerous electrical items being seized by trading standards officers in North Tyneside. Officers from the council’s trading standards team found hundreds of power adaptors in a warehouse intended for use to charge Apple devices, as well as universal travel adaptors for charging laptops and mobile phones overseas. Some adaptors, imported from China, were tested and found to be dangerous, with a high risk of an electric shock. Trading standards officers removed all the devices and is now carrying out enquiries into their importation.

A spokesman for trading standards added: “These were dangerous products. The AC adaptors breached safety regulations because the manufacturer’s name or brand was not displayed; there was inadequate insulation between the primary and secondary circuits – this greatly increases the risk of electric shock; the electrical conductors were only connected via solder; and the three pins were too long.”

“And Finally” Newcastle Old and New the story so far…

80 books now sold
Another special announcement…
As many of my friends, business colleagues, followers on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and of course these newsletters that I have achieved a long held dream to self-publish a school project book about Newcastle upon Tyne from 38 years ago called “Newcastle Old and New The Story So Far”. I had 200 books printed late February and now we have reached another milestone with over 80 sales!!

But if that wasn’t amazing enough I have another announcement to make – but that will follow in the next newsletter entitled “Newcastle Old and New” as I am waiting for photos (a brief hint is its to do with our second retail outlet for the book - but that’s all for now…)

Planned Events and Talks
I have just completed two talks back to back for the Mondaybiz and Mind Your Business network groups centred on the Rogues Gallery off our ME PAT website. It opened minds to the dangers of getting it wrong so keep an eye out for the next time I do the talk….
Finally, I have had an intriguing request from David Hepworth of Newcastle City Library to take part in its book festival called “Books on Tyne” on from 21st-27th November – in particular about the life journey it has taken to getting my Newcastle book to print. More details to follow…

Thanks for all your support folks - you all know who you are...

Finally if there is any more information I can give about ME PAT Services Please email me on or phone me direct via 07865 923716, naturally I would be more than happy to help.. if you would like info on the book go to or to follow me on Facebook or Twitter go to;

Ta ta for now, Have a great day, a great week and a fab month!!

Yours Mike and Alison McCoy

ME PAT Services Ltd