Check out these facts about the amount of air pollution caused by gasoline-powered Lawn Maintenance Equipment (GLME)
According to the Lung Association, a leaf blower causes as much smog as 17 cars. [Amercian Lung Association]
A two-stroke leaf blower emits 299 times the hydrocarbons compared to a 2011 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor Crew Cab pickup truck [EET].
A two stroke leaf blower emits 23 times the carbon monoxide compared to a 2011 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor Crew Cab pickup truck [EET].
Gas-powered blowers produce nitrogen oxides. Nitrogen oxides can create environmental health hazards when they react with sunlight and other chemicals to form smog. Nitrogen oxides and sulfur dioxide react with substances in the atmosphere to form acid rain. [National Library of Medicine]
A two-stroke leaf blower emits two times the nitrogen oxide compared to a 2011 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor Crew Cab pickup truck [EET]
Leaf blower operators may be exposed to potentially hazardous concentrations of CO and PM intermittently throughout their work day. While exposures to CO and PM may not have immediate, acute effects, the potential health impacts are greater for long-term exposures leading to chronic effects.In addition, evidence of significantly elevated concentrations of benzene and 1,3-butadiene in the breathing zone of operators leads to concern about exposures to these toxic air contaminants.[CAL-EPA]
Overall Gasoline-Powered Lawncare Maintenance Equipment is responsible of 5% of the air pollution in the US! (EPA)