You will hear them soon. Maybe you are listening to them now – the persistent and howling noise of a leaf blower wielded by some lawn service person or neighbor.
No one can deny they make one heck of a racket, especially the older ones and of course even the newer gas powered blowers are no lullaby.
Owners’ manuals warn that operators and anyone within 50 feet of an operating leaf blower should wear protective eye, ear, and respiratory gear. Who does?
Leaf blowers exceed the World Health Organization’s acceptable ambient noise levels by 20 decibels at 50 feet.
A single leaf blower, especially the older ones, operating for an hour emits as much pollution as 40 cars idling during the same amount of time. That’s a summer Saturday afternoon traffic jam on Shore Road. Last year, a local lawn service worker had one of the old models on high for three hours supposedly cleaning two neighbors’ tiny lawns.
And that’s not all. Leaf blowers stir up over two pounds per hour per leaf blower of dangerous particulate matter including cat, dog, and rodent feces, pesticides, and street dust which may include mercury, arsenic, lead, cadmium and nickel.
They also emit a number of toxic chemicals including carbon monoxide, benzene – a known carcinogen, 1,3 -butadiene, acetaldehyde, and formaldehyde also possible carcinogens.
Think about that next time your neighbor, the various lawn crews – or you power up one of these up. Then why not grab your rake and finish the job in half the time it takes with one of these noise and serious air polluting gadgets.Over 300 towns and cities have already
banned or limited their use – should we do that to protect our health and environment?