Quiet Pensacola provides information on the adverse health effects of noisy and highly polluting gas-powered leaf blowers. Our goal is to educate the public about the hazards associated with too much environmental noise and encourage policy makers to update local ordinances to achieve the needs of residents who want quiet neighborhoods and healthy communities.
Leaf blower noise annoyances and disturbances should be recorded. Some cities provide a noise complaint form for recording annoying and disturbing noise.
Best practices from leaf blower product manuals and other professional landscape literature:
Minimize noise: Always run a leaf blower at the lowest possible throttle speed for the task and minimum amount of time. To minimize blower time, use a rake or broom to loosen dirt particles before blowing.
Protect air quality: Reduce leaf blower use on pavements to reduce airborne dust.
Be careful: Stay alert when near people or pets, especially children and older adults. Never point a blower nozzle that directs dust towards others because it’s harmful.
Respect the community: Avoid using more than one blower at a time in residential areas. Never blow debris into a neighbor’s yard or into the street. Be safe, courteous and responsible. Landscapers should use lower nozzle extensions to control sound and minimize harmful dust. Do not blow very late in the day.
Follow professional guidance: Operate leaf blowers only at reasonable times - not early in the morning, late at night or during midday rest. Normal professional use on weekdays is 9:00 am to Noon and 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm, leaf blower manuals advise. Be considerate of neighbors on weekends. A professional landscape magazine recommends never run a leaf blower before 8:00 am or after 5:00 pm, and never use a leaf blower on Sundays or holidays.
Think twice: Why automatically reach for leaf blowers to clean up lawns and walkways? Sweep or rake where possible. Be considerate.
IF THAT ENGINE WERE ON THE ROAD
IT'S SO POLLUTANT IT WOULD BE BANNED
INSTEAD HE WEARS IT ON HIS BACK
FOR 8 HOURS A DAY