Rye leaf blower ban stirs 2 calls daily
Nearly a month after the city's leaf-blower ban went into effect, police are responding to at least two complaints a day for the dust-kicking, noisy garden tools.
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#1 Jun 27, 2008
I applaud the ban on leaf blowers. The noise pollution degrades the quality of life whether you live next door or 1000 feet away.
#2 Sep 19, 2008
Absurd rule. Now people will not clean up the leaves and everything will look like a mess!
#3 Nov 11, 2008
Dear Sir or Madam. I think you may be surprised once you know more of the facts. Here is some info I found on-line from a Maryland organizaiton:
Gas-powered leaf blowers are being banned across the country because they are so noisy and generate so much air pollution.
A single gas-powered leaf blower can emit as much pollution in a year as 80 cars.
A normal decibel level, considered acceptable in residential areas, is about 60 decibels (60dB). Every increase in decibels means noise that is 10 times louder. Leaf-blowers usually generate about 70-75 dB. According to the U.S. EPA this level of noise actually degrades quality of life by interfering with communication and sleep, leads to reduced accuracy of work and increased levels of aggravation, which can linger hours after exposure.
They worsen allergies and asthma and irritate the lungs. Because they operate at such high velocities, leaf blowers stir up the mold, allergens, and dust particles that otherwise have been tamped down with rain and decomposition.
They waste gas. Rakes and even electric-lawn blowers offer a petroleum-free alternative.
If you need a new rake, choose one that's at least 24 inches across for maximum efficiency, with tines made from either metal or plastic (wood or bamboo tines tend to break or rot). Here are more tips on buying a great rake. Shop at any local hardware store, garden supply center or big box store like Target, Lowe's, Home Depot, or Wal-Mart.
You can also try a leaf sweeper. It swoops up leaves into a handy collection bag as you roll it over your lawn or driveway.
If you opt for a leaf blower, make it electric. Notes Lowe's:
Electric leaf blowers are lighter, quieter and vibrate less than gas units. An electric motor drives the fan, so there's no need to mix fuel or refill. Smaller and medium-sized yards are especially good candidates for electric blowers. There are two types:
* Corded leaf blowers provide constant power as long as you have access to an electrical outlet. The attached cord limits mobility so this may not be the best choice for a lawn with lots of trees. Look for a cord retention system to prevent the cord from being accidentally unplugged during use. Also, use an electrical cord that's rated for outdoor use.
* Rechargeable/battery-operated leaf blowers are good alternatives for smaller areas or jobs. They work well on solid surfaces like driveways and garages. They're limited by their run time and the fact that they move less air than larger models.
And most importantly did you know, that Obesity is the second leading cause of preventable death in the U.S.
Approximately 127 million adults in the U.S. are overweight, 60 million are obese and 9 million are extremely obese.
Currently, an estimated 65.2 percent of U.S. adults, age 20 years and older, and 15 percent of children and adolescents are overweight and 30.5 percent are obese. We can ALL due with some exercise!
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