It is time to seriously recognize and address something that is a growing health problem in our communities, affecting people of all ages suffering from allergies, asthma, and sinus and breathing problems. The problem is the use of electric and gas-powered leaf blowers.
Many times my yard or car cleaning work has been halted by neighbors using a leaf blower, generating billowing, choking clouds of dust floating across neighboring properties. Aside from the unnerving noise pollution created by the high-pitched motor, the air pollution is unbearable. I have to immediately retreat inside my house for hours to protect myself from allergy and asthma problems.
In reality, using a leaf blower becomes â€œblow my dirt to my neighborâ€™s property.â€? It is infuriating spending days cleaning your property or washing/waxing your automobiles only to have a neighborâ€™s leaf blowing work destroy the results of your hard work. This can easily create â€œyard rageâ€? among neighbors.
This is unacceptable. The unbearable noise and air pollution must be stopped by severely limiting or eliminating the use of leaf blowers.
Given our nationâ€™s concern of obesity, eliminating leaf blowers will require people to perform â€œphysical workâ€? again, using a rake
and a broom. This means longer time
for cleaning or more than one worker, which is a win-win for society, increasing physical fitness and creating more, much needed jobs.
Communities must take corrective, positive action to improve the health and well being of residents. Letâ€™s make life more enjoyable, not more aggravating and damaging.