THE CASE for LEAF BLOWER REGULATION
Across the U.S., hundreds of cities and counties have passed laws restricting or banning the use of leaf blowers. Some places have limits on what time of day leaf blowers can be used, while others have specifically forbid gasoline-powered units. Even though different areas have different regulations, the various laws aim to improve noise and air pollution. Oftentimes, electric leaf blowers, lower decibel models, or yard vacuums, can be good alternatives.
California would ban the sale of new gas-powered leaf-blowers, lawnmowers and other “small off-road engines” as soon as 2024, under a bill being considered by state lawmakers. If approved, the ban would go into effect on Jan. 1, 2024, or as soon as the California Air Resources Board determines it is feasible. Apr. 29, 2021
Beaconsfield, Westmount and St. Lambert have all regulated the use of leaf blowers.
According to the National Association of Landscape Professionals, a 25-year-old land care worker regularly exposed to occupational noise, without hearing protection, may have the same hearing as a 50-year-old who is not exposed. (Very important that no more than one blower be used on any one property.)
Many consumer-grade blowers (and some mowers) use a two-stroke engine, which lacks an independent lubrication system, so fuel has to be mixed with oil. ... A 2011 study showed that a leaf blower emits nearly 300 times the amount of air pollutants as a pickup truck. Continued…..