There are outdoor events all year round, but as the weather warms up, they grow in number. While portable restrooms may not be the most glamorous part of planning springtime events, they are a crucial component of a successful event. Without easy access to portable restrooms, your guests can end up leaving early to find somewhere to see to their needs or spend more time waiting in lines than actually enjoying the event.
It’s helpful to know what springtime events call for portable restrooms, how to know how many porta potties you’ll need, and proper etiquette for using porta potties to ensure that your event goes as smoothly as possible. Let’s get into it!
How Do You Know If Your Event Needs Porta Potties?
Don’t forget about the necessity for people to be able to easily attend to their needs when planning your event! Not all events will call for porta potties. When planning your event, take account of the restrooms available to your guests, if there are any at all.
For instance, there may be indoor facilities nearby. However, the venue you are using may or may not allow you to use them. You will need to check to be sure.
Even if there are indoor facilities that your guests can use, you’ll want to ensure that there are enough of them to satisfy their needs. There can be cases where you need to rent porta potties in order to ensure that there are enough restrooms available to keep your guests comfortable.
We’ll get more into how to know how many porta potties you should plan on getting below.
Events That Call For Porta Potties
Springtime is a beautiful time to be outdoors, and the increased number of outdoor events reflect that. Depending on the size of your event, its location, and whether or not indoor facilities are available, your porta potties needs can vary.
For instance, if you’re having a mountain top wedding and there aren’t buildings nearby that will let you use their restrooms, you should definitely plan for portable restrooms. You can rent restroom trailers, which offer a more luxurious experience than typical porta potties, since they have running water, mirrors, and individual stalls.
If you have an outdoor event at a park, like a food festival, you’ll likely also need to plan for portable restrooms. The park may have facilities for your guests to use, but there may not be enough for the size of the event.
Some common springtime events that call for portable restrooms include:
- Food and wine festivals
- Music festivals
- Running events
- Sporting events
- And more
How Do You Know How Many Porta Potties You Need?
Depending on the size of your event, the type of event it is, how long it will last, and whether or not there are also indoor facilities your guests can use, porta potty needs can vary.
Guidelines for estimating how many porta potties you need vary a great deal. If you’re unsure, the experts here at Canyon View Dumpsters & Toilets can help you figure out how many porta potties you should rent.
It can be helpful to look to OHSA guidelines for workplaces as a reference point for springtime events. OHSA states that if you have 20 workers or less, you should plan on 1 toilet. If you have 20 or more, you should plan on 1 toilet and 1 urinal per 40 workers. If you have 200 or more, you should plan on 1 toilet and 1 urinal per 50 workers.
When it comes to events, you also want to consider whether you need ADA-compliant handicap toilets and the ratio of women to men. If you have more women, you should plan on more porta potties.
The longer your event is, the more toilets you should get. If your event is for children or if it is one where food and drinks will be served, you should also plan on more. This is especially true for events that involve alcohol, as alcohol causes people to need to use the restroom more frequently.
Porta Potty Etiquette For Springtime Events
Porta potty etiquette should be common sense, however, porta potties have a reputation for being gross because many people do not care for the fact that other people will be using the facility or that people will need to clean them.
Helpful porta potty etiquette to keep using them a clean, pleasant experience for everyone includes:
- No cutting in line
- Not camping out in the restrooms
- Cleaning up after yourself
- No horsing around near the porta potties
- No throwing trash in the toilets
- Only seeing to your needs in the appropriate areas
- Wiping down the seat after use
- Cleaning your hands after use
When everyone is mindful of others, your event can be more successful.