Toilet seats and lids
Why toilet seats matter
It is important for toilet users to be comfortable when passing both urine (wee) and faeces (poo). Therefore, care must be taken to ensure the seat allows users to be comfortable – and, of course, that it is clean. The prospect of discomfort will lead to children postponing visits to the toilet. This can result in passing urine at inappropriate times, as well as constipation. The prospect of dirty seats can lead to pupils ‘perching’ rather than sitting properly, and this in turn can lead to infections.
Shutting the lid means that more of the fine spray from the toilet bowl stays in the bowl.
Spray from flushing the toilet
If you don’t close the lid before you flush the toilet, the spray from the toilet flush can land up to several feet away from the toilet. The spray is hard to see with the naked eye.
When you flush the toilet, the spray from the toilet bowl can contain a range of viruses and bacteria, some of which may cause serious illnesses. Some of the viruses and bacteria can survive for hours or days. It is therefore important to shut the lid before you flush the toilet.
How to see this for yourself – a fun experiment
Teachers may like to do this experiment with small groups. Parents may also like to do it at home. Children should not do this experiment without adult supervision.
Encouraging pupils to close the toilet lid
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