Handicapped portable restrooms are a great addition to any event, but they’re not very helpful if people must jump through hoops to get to them. These units make it easier for those with disabilities to navigate and use. Make things even more convenient by placing them in the perfect spot. Here are four location tips for making your ADA porta potty accessible.
Keep the Surface Flat
People using wheelchairs, walkers, or crutches need a flat surface to navigate to and from their destination. Consumers often make the mistake of placing porta potties in grass or on gravel-filled ground. It’s too difficult to pass through these areas without getting stuck.
Station the handicapped portable restrooms on a flat and stable surface. If it happens to rain, the grass will get soggy and muddy, making it even more difficult to navigate. Always go for driveways, paved streets, and sidewalks.
Space Them Out
These units need plenty of room and not just on the inside. They already come equipped for wheelchair users to move easily inside. However, you need to evenly space the porta-potties when setting them up at your location.
Try and gauge the space depending on the average size wheelchair. Refrain from keeping all portable restrooms congested. Patrons must be able to move between the units without dealing with roadblocks or tight spaces.
Create a Rest Area
Not everyone using an ADA porta-potty uses a wheelchair. Some patrons may have sustained a short-term injury and others might just find using non-ADA-compliant porta-potties challenging. In these cases, consider adding a rest area or placing the restrooms near a common seating area.
Don’t force patrons to stand while they wait if the line is too long. Offer them a place to take a load off. About two to three chairs or a simple bench should be sufficient.
Never place ADA-compliant porta potties near a pathway with a lot of foot or any other traffic. Trying to maneuver through crowded areas is difficult for disabled people. Station these units near an isolated area, but place plenty of signs around so guests know where to find them.
Keep the portable restrooms away from the food court and the entertainment center if you are using them for an outdoor festival. These tend to be the most occupied places. For additional help, add a ramp leading up to the door. It makes it easier for patrons to wheel themselves inside the units.
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