In Re: Westfield ‘All Ears’ to Hearing Fixes for Noisy Leaf Blowers

To the Editor:

While I especially don't care for leaf blowers, when a small army of them are being used at the same time, they are particularly bothersome. I can see how one or two at a time could be reasonable if they were equipped with some type of muffler and not run at highest speed 100% of the time, not just for the sound but for the tremendous amount of exhaust that they emit.

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One neighbor has a lawn service that multiple times a week, 3+ seasons a year, will have five to six gas blowers being used at the same time for the better part of an hour on not a large piece of property as if they are filling time. The fumes are choking, even with the windows closed.

The noise is maddening; the workers wear no ear protection for the most part. Being able to be home, whether working or just being, is not the issue. Quality of life, the health of residents, workers and our environment need to be balanced.

Better-insulated and filtered equipment, a combination of rakes and blower and some consideration for neighbors (with medical conditions or a child resting, or just looking for quiet enjoyment of their own property) need to be addressed.

I would suggest hours for consideration regarding loud lawn equipment be 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends. Private construction could also have similar working hours that don't interfere with people's sleep.

Debby Burslem
Westfield, NJ