At a public event where portable toilets are made available, the ADA (Americans With Disabilities Act) requires that a percentage of the toilets be ADA-compliant, in order to accommodate disabled event attendees. ADA-compliant toilets have certain features meant to accommodate disabled guests, like grab bars, spring-loaded doors, and enough space for a wheelchair to make a 360 degree turn. However, if you're planning a private event, like an outdoor wedding, you are not required to comply with the ADA, and if none of your guests are disabled, you may not see the point of renting ADA-compliant portable toilets. But the truth is that ADA-compliant toilets can have some important benefits that can improve the event for you and your guests. Take a look at some of the surprising benefits of ADA-compliant toilets.
Accommodate Invisible Disabilities
It's easy to assume that you know whether or not a person has a disability based on something that you can see – for example, if someone is using an assistive device like a wheelchair or walker, you might assume they're disabled. But not all disabilities are so easy to recognize. The term "invisible disability" is used to describe any number of conditions that cause impairment but are not easy to see from the outside, like chronic pain or traumatic brain injuries.
It's never wise to assume that someone is not disabled just because they don't look disabled. And since many people don't like to talk about their medical history, it's entirely possible that someone you know has an invisible disability that you're not aware of. Features of an ADA-compliant portable toilet can make attending an event much easier for a person with an invisible disability. For example, the grab bars found in ADA-compliant toilets are helpful for someone who has balance problems or who experiences dizziness when standing.
Reduce Trip-and-Fall Risk
A person doesn't need to have any kind of disability to be at risk for tripping and falling. If your event is going to include any factors that make tripping and falling more likely, an ADA-compliant toilet that sits at ground level or that has a wheelchair ramp instead of steps can help keep your guests safer.
What factors make a trip and fall accident more likely? If you're holding your event at night, the reduced visibility can lead to accidents – especially since portable bathrooms are often placed out of the way of the main part of the event, and may therefore be further away from any outdoor lighting. If you're serving alcohol at your event, inebriated guests may also be at greater risk for a fall. Unexpected weather events, like rain or fog, can also make stumbling on a step more likely.
Make Your Event Family-Friendly
Ask any parent – taking small children to the bathroom when you're out in public can be a hassle. However, family bathrooms in public spaces have made the chore a lot less difficult. Family bathrooms are big enough to accommodate parent and child, or even a parent and several children.
Because ADA-compliant bathrooms are extra-large, due to the need for enough space to accommodate a wheelchair making a turn, they can easily double as family bathrooms at your event. They allow parents to safely supervise children who haven't yet mastered using the bathroom on their own or children who are too young to be left unsupervised outside while a parent or sibling uses the bathroom. If your event is meant to be family-friendly and include small children, providing family-friendly bathrooms are a great way to make sure that their needs are met during the event.
Renting portable toilets isn't difficult, but it's important to discuss all the features you need with the rental company you choose. They can help ensure that you get the toilets that are right for your event. Contact a company like AAA Pumping Service to get started.