Quieting those leaf blowers for the summer

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SPRING LAKE — The Spring Lake Environmental Commission has launched a new initiative, “Quiet July & August,” to reduce the use of gasoline-powered leaf blowers during the summer months.

The environmental commission said in a press release that the goal of the initiative is “to foster peace and quiet in town and a greater awareness of the environment.”

“The Commission is citing the noise, as well as health and environmental hazards associated with gas-powered leaf blowers, which impact both residents and landscapers.”

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The environmental commission said it has sent communications via mail, email and social media, requesting that residents ask their landscapers to suspend the use of gas-powered leaf blowers in July and August when they are mainly used to blow grass clippings.

Battery-powered and electric leaf blowers are not included under the initiative, according to the press release.

Letters, which were sent to property owners and landscapers, also included information about the noise, environmental and health impacts of gas-powered leaf blowers.

According to the environmental commission, the noise level of gas-powered leaf blowers is 101 to 104 decibels; the World Health Organization recommends outdoor noise level less than 55 decibels and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that hearing loss can occur at 85 decibels.

“Exposure to loud and/or persistent noise contributes to hearing impairment, hypertension, ischemic heart disease, annoyance, sleep disturbance, cognitive impairment, and diminished school performance,” the mailings state.

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