I am 73 years old, retired, healthy, and spend most of my day outside working, walking, reading, and enjoying nature. After receiving the advanced technology of a cochlear implant 8 years ago my profound deafness has been replaced with clear conversations, children’s voices, bird’s chirping, and the sound of passing vehicles. But, the noise of the old technology two-cycle gas leaf blower forces me to turn off my cochlear device. I become disabled with unnecessary deafness, only hearing the annoying sounds of tinnitus. I am denied the ability to easily communicate and feel vulnerable. Sadly, the vast majority of landscapers, carrying the gas leaf blowers on their back, ignore the use of noise canceling ear protection. I know by using these roaring gas leaf blowers for hours each day it will result in their own future hearing loss. We are all losers in the gas leaf blower battle with the environment and our health.Leonard Urban
No one who works at home, parents at home, is retired at home or sick at home should be forced to endure this ever present nightmare of overtly loud and shrill gas leaf blowers piercing our calm. As tax-paying home owners, we have the right to peaceful enjoyment of our property and our homes. But our rights abruptly disappear mid-March to mid-December in favor of landscapers whose rights trump ours. And I am reminded that my beagle, Cookie, passed away as a direct result of the gasoline fumes that filled my den after a 45 minute winter clean-up on my neighbor’s property in November 2012. The conditions that allowed a beloved pet to seizure for the first time, from gasoline fumes, remain in place today.
Abigail Bayliss O’Dowd I live across the road from a primary school and EVERY DAY at 6:30 am this dude leaf blows the entire place omg so annoying
Theresa Krest Bathen Leslie Nelson Inman Thank you! Last spring he blew out his garage and the cloud didn’t dissipate for about four or five houses down the road where kids were out playing basketball and in their yards. It was full of the salt from his cars over the winter – you could literally taste it in the air. I am sure it left a lovely coating on everyone’s car as well
EB Lubman OMG, I hate those things!! I used to live in a “rich” neighborhood (middle class people who lived beyond their means) and they used to hire landscapers to blow their yards. I couldn’t walk on my own block half the time. One time my neighbors blew all their dirt into my yard, into my baby’s stroller that I left outside because I couldn’t bring it in right away!
Now I live in a neighborhood where people live within their means and are more low-income, so they don’t do this crap. Most of the people who have any form of yard plant food instead of pointless, manicured grass and flowers that they have to change up every season. But once when I was going to a meeting in my child’s school, I had to walk through a rich neighborhood, where there was a leaf blower running on every other block. I was so disgusted, and so appreciative of my new locationThere is a natural cemetery in UK that, some years ago, changed from power mowers to people with scythes for maintenance. They immediately noticed the return of all kinds of wildlife.Karen Wilkerson Hate leaf blowers. Perfect way to ruin a beautiful afternoon, especially when everybody is out doing it. My neighbor blows off her driveway every day. She worships her driveway and hates trees and birds! Now thinking maybe she is doing it on purpose.