The autumn or better known as the fall in the States should be associated with pleasant fragrances of apple and cinnamon, remarkable sceneries, and dry brittle leaves all over. However, the fall in the USA comes with nightmarish anticipation of the harsh sound of the leaf blowers. The sound or loud noise made by these machines can be heard in and around a considerable radius of houses. The loudest leaf blower models that one can use might make noise more than 112 decibels. This means that the leaf blower can make noise more than the take-off noise of a flight, a train with freight passing by, or a musical concert.
Moreover, it should be understood here that in all the aforementioned examples, the sound made remains for a while. However, in the case of a leaf blower, the sound made by it is constant and painful. Moreover, the use of leaf blowers is harmful even to the environment. This means that the leaf blowers make use of gas engines, which emit huge amounts of particulate matter and result in air pollution. This is the reason why different cities all over the U.S. are coming up with laws for banning or reducing the use of leaf blowers in the neighborhood.
Adverse Effects produced by the Leaf Blowing units
Let us look at some of the adverse effects produced by the leaf blowing units. This will help us understand the severe damage caused by these machines used for blowing dry leaves and the amount of awareness that should be created around them.
The constant noise produced by the leaf blowers at a high dose can lead to physical damage. Studies mention that traditional leaf blowers if used for around two hours can result in severe damage like hearing impairment. Some high-quality blowers might produce a lower decibel sound ranging between 80 to 85 decibels. However, most commonly bought leaf blowing machines can produce as high as 112 decibels, which can result in ear injury within 2 to 5 minutes of operating the unit. Moreover, the sound can travel for around 800 meters with a metric of at least 55 decibels.
The leaf blowers can result in a significant amount of air pollution. This can be found out in the report published by the California Environmental Protection Agency, which states that leaf blowers emit particulate matter, unburned fuel, and carbon monoxide. The particulate matter remains saturated in the air and can be inhaled into the respiratory system and harm it. Moreover, the adverse effects of carbon monoxide on the environment as well as human beings are well known. The leaf blowers also emit carcinogens from the unburned fuel in the engine, which can cause serious health hazards.
The current situation in the U.S.A
A class of people might still stand in support of using the leaf blowers for the efficiency of the tool. However, the pollution caused by the leaf blowers might be more than a heavy-duty truck weighing more than 6200 pounds. Let us look at the current difficulties faced by the different cities in the U.S.A with leaf blowers.
- There is no pre-mentioned time limit for the use of the blowers. This allows people to use the tool during any part of the day leaving the entire neighborhood irritated and annoyed.
- This has led to the banning of leaf blowers in various cities like Palm Springs, Santa Barbara, and Palo Alto.
- Nonetheless, more and more towns in the U.S. are restricting the use of the leaf blowers to stipulated time-frames during the day. This list includes famous names like Long Island and New York.
- Some other areas have forbidden the use of the maximum harmful gasoline-powered units.
Initiative took to curb the use of leaf blowers
In the year 2018, the total number of leaf blowers used in the U.S. rose to 11 million. This means that most of the households had a leaf-blowing unit, which led to constant noise pollution in the area at different times. Moreover, the cities did not have any legislative support for banning or restricting the use of the blowers. Furthermore, the noise ordinances that already exist do not cover the leaf blowers. However, the increasing health issues and other environmental hazards have led the city administrative bodies to take certain initiatives to curb the use of leaf blowers.
- Different cities are coming up with alternative methods to blow the littered leaves on the porch or other areas of the house.
- Some of the best-known alternatives include the use of leaf blower models powered by electricity rather than pollution emitting gasoline.
- Models that produce sounds of lower decibels or yard vacuums are also being used to replace the leaf blowers.
- It is always advisable to check up on the leaf blower ordinances or regulations about your area or city so that you do not violate the rule or stop someone from doing so.
The Final Verdict
The best option to clean up the front porch of your house is by using an effective rake. It might take some time, but it is certainly not as harmful as a leaf blower might be. Moreover, even if the leaves are left where they are, they can turn into compost or have another natural outcome, which shall not result in pollution. However, if at all you have to make use of a leaf blower, then use a model that runs on battery or electricity. This is because such a unit would reduce the extent of noise as well as air pollution.
It has also been commonly observed that the administrative or legislative ordinances might curb the pollution levels, but the level of noise has to be approached in a more socialized way. This means that the neighborhood should come together to set rules and regulations in regards to the use of the leaf blowers like assigning a particular day in the week for the activity. This will result in a peaceful neighborhood with resolved grievances.