GAS-POWERED LEAF BLOWERS ARE ILLEGAL IN THE TOWN OF MAMARONECK JUNE • JULY • AUGUST • SEPTEMBER Violations are subject to fine All leaf blowers harm our health and the environment!
GAS-POWERED LEAF BLOWERS ARE ILLEGAL IN THE TOWN OF MAMARONECK JUNE • JULY • AUGUST • SEPTEMBER Violations are subject to fine All leaf blowers harm our health and the environment! PARTICULATE MATTER ► All leaf blowers propel into the air particulates such as dirt, dust, pollen and fecal matter, as well as dangerous contaminants such as mold, fungus spores, pesticides, herbicides, lead, organic and elemental carbon. A leaf blower can send up about 5 pounds of particulate matter per hour, and it can remain suspended in the air for hours. ► Particulate matter is easily absorbed into the lungs. It can increase the number and severity of asthma attacks, bronchitis, and other lung diseases, and reduce the ability to fight infection. ► Children and frail elderly people are especially vulnerable. Children breathe more air per pound of body weight than adults, and their organs are more sensitive to environmental hazards. ► Leaf blowers also unnecessarily disturb beneficial organisms in the soil and erode valuable topsoil. AIR POLLUTION ► A gas-powered leaf blower operating for one hour fills the air with much more carbon monoxide, nitrous oxides, and hydrocarbons than a large car traveling for one hour. ► These emissions are more dangerous in warm weather, when they contribute to the formation of ground-level ozone. ► High ground-level ozone concentrations can cause serious respiratory and cardiovascular problems. NOISE POLLUTION ► Loud noise from leaf blowers is a danger to operators and passers-by, and a disruption for neighbors. ► Workers equipped with sound-blocking gear have only partial protection. Passers-by and neighbors have none. ► There is an increased risk of hearing damage and elevated blood pressure from exposure to loud noise. PLEASE KEEP OUR TOWN LEAF BLOWER FREE THIS SUMMER! Make sure that gas-powered leaf blowers are not used on your property. Minimize use of electric models. Notify your landscaper and lawn crew about the gas-powered leaf blower ban. Report violations in progress to Town of Mamaroneck Police at 914-381.6100 Direct questions and comments to the Town’s Sustainability Collaborative c/o firstname.lastname@example.org FOR YOUR HEALTH – IT’S THE LAW Mamaroneck Town Board, Police Department, and Sustainability Collaborative