Why are bathroom stalls so high?

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Why are bathroom stalls so high?

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answered Dec 4, 2021 by DobberK (910 points)
The reason bathroom stalls or bathroom stall doors are so high up is so that people can see if someone is in the stall and also the gap can be used as a means of getting out of the stall in an emergency if the stall door lock failed and you needed to escape.

Another reason is that with the space below the door, a person can see if a toilet is occupied.

This helps keep people from barging in on another person when they enter the restroom.

Another reason is that should a person realize they are out of toilet paper, a nearby neighbor can help them out.

In a bathroom stall there are several thousands of germs.

Even when a bathroom is kept clean it always gets dirty again because of the people constantly using the bathroom.

One study found traces of 77,990 bacteria and viruses in public restrooms.

Researchers also found within one hour of cleaning and disinfecting, bathrooms became contaminated again with microbes and fecal bacteria.

A stall is a small partitioned area and a toilet in in a partition so it's called a bathroom or restroom stall.

The term restroom came from the fact that in early 1900s up-scale restaurants, theaters and performing facilities would often have comfortable chairs or sofas located within or in a room directly adjacent to the actual toilet and sink facilities.

The reason public toilet seats have a gap at the front is to allow women to wipe their perineal area after they use the toilet without contacting the seat.

Basically the gap in the toilet seats is there as required by code and is there to help people clean up better after using the toilet.

The capital city that has the most public toilets is Madison Wisconsin.

Madison, WI, is the US city with the most toilets per 100k.

The country with the highest density of public bathrooms is Iceland: 56 toilets per 100,000 population.

Wakefield is the UK city with the most restrooms per 100,000 people (35) and per 100km2 (130).

Berkshire, Merseyside, and Greater Manchester are tied as the counties with the fewest toilets per 100k population (three).

Madison, WI, is the US city with the most toilets per 100k (35).

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