As another California city mulls ban on blowers of all types. No doubt some people may wonder why others dedicate time and energy fighting something that seems fairly innocuous, at best, and merely annoying, at worst. But leaf blowers are not just an annoyance. Quiet Communities, a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting our health, environment, and quality of life from the excessive use of industrial outdoor maintenance equipment, has documented the substantial health hazard leaf blowers pose to the health of the operator, those in the vicinity of the activity, and even our pets, too.
So hearing that Ojai, California is considering banning all blowers, both gas-powered and battery-powered, is encouraging. And yes, there will be push back, but in the end the only reason not to ban leaf blowers is that the alternatives are more expensive. A fact that is only true if you only consider the additional labor cost and ignore the savings to health and wellbeing.