The convenience of leaf blowers comes at a cost to your health, the nation’s energy supplies, and your wallet. Communities throughout the United States and Canada have restricted their use, and some, like Palo Alto, California, have banned them outright. Here are some facts about leaf blowers that you ought to know.
Part of the problem with these time-saving devises is the noise that they create.
#@%@!!! leaf blowers!
The noise from leaf blowers can reach 90-100 decibels at the operator’s ear. According to the World Health Organization, there is an increasing risk of irreversible hearing damage from noise above 75 decibels.
The noise pollution would not be so bad, of course, if people were the least bit considerate about when they use the leaf blowers.
But there is more!
From Haighland Park Board of health:
Gas-powered leaf-blowers also generate an incredible amount of air pollution for their size, which is not good, but it is not the worst air polluting problem with the blowers.
Leaf blowers are back!
The worst air pollution problems with the gas-powered leaf-blowers is that they create airborne stuff that would normally remain on the ground, where it would not be inhaled by innocent passers-by.
These include mold spores, allergens, dried animal feces, and fine particles that increase the number and severity of asthma attacks, cause or aggravate bronchitis or other lung diseases, and reduce our ability to fight infections. The EPA and the California Air Resources Board, in their brochure “Particulate Matter Air Pollution: A Threat To Our Health,” advise us: “Avoid using leaf blowers.”
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Leaf blower motors are large emitters of carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, hydrocarbons, and fine particles (PM2.5) too small to be eliminated by the body’s defenses. The gas-oil mixture that fuels two-stroke engines is especially toxic. The Lung Association reports that a leaf blower motor releases as much smog as 17 cars. This pollution is known to cause cancer and cardiopulmonary disease.
Leaf blowers do not help to meditate.
Leaf blowers have been shown to cause serious damage to soil and landscape plants with their dust-laden, 200 mph, hurricane-force winds, which cause dehydration and leaf-burn, retard new growth, clog leaf pores, and spread disease spores, insect eggs, and weed seeds.
There is, in fact, a simple path to a perfect and guilt-free lawn: the rake. Yeah, it takes longer. And guilt alone may not be enough to make you embrace a rake. So when the leaves fall, remember that the extra hour or two spent on old-fashioned yardwork yields some very modern benefits:
Get rich: The initial expense of up to $500 for a blower plus regular gasoline refills (or electric bills) adds up quickly. A great rake costs only about 25 bucks, can last for decades, and requires an occasional hand swipe to remove stuck leaves.
Please contact your local sity Goverments and demand the ban on leaf blowers use.