Along with the changing colors and falling leaves, widespread sightings
of leaf blowers are a sure sign that autumn is in full swing. These power
tools were designed as an invention of modern convenience, but unfortunately
they also cause a fairly high number of accidents and injuries each year—even
movements to ban them entirely. If you use a leaf blower yourself—or if you have neighbors
who do—let’s explore some of the risks and what you can do
to stay safe.
Flying debris. Leaf blowers use high-velocity air to send leaves, dust, dirt and even
small stones airborne, any of which can become a projectile causing eye
or skin injuries to anyone in the path.
Staying safe: Keep a safe distance from anyone using a leaf blower to avoid getting
in the path. If you use a leaf blower, wear safety goggles, long pants
and long sleeves; also, point the nozzle away from others in the area,
or toward the sky to keep from throwing debris.
Hearing damage. Leaf blowers can be very loud, causing permanent hearing loss in the user
and/or others nearby.
Staying safe: Wear ear protection when using a leaf blower, and turn it down or off when
others are nearby. Give other leaf blower users a wide berth to protect
Respiratory issues. Along with projectiles, leaf blowers kick up dust, which may include allergens,
causing respiratory problems in those who are allergic or sensitive. Additionally,
gas-powered blowers emit carbon monoxide and noxious fumes which can overcome
Staying safe: Only use leaf blowers in open areas away from others who might suffer from
the dust cloud. Wear a protective dust or allergy mask when using a blower
to protect yourself.
Burns/electric shock. Gas-powered blowers can get hot around the motor, burning the skin if
you accidently touch the housing. Electric-powered blowers can cause shock
or electrocution if the wiring becomes exposed or damaged.
Staying safe: Avoid contact with the motor casing when using a blower,
and always check the power cords before using an electric powered blower.
Many safety tips related to lawn mowers also apply to leaf blowers.
Check out this article for more information.
If you’ve been injured due to negligent use of a leaf blower, we
may be able to help. Call our office to speak to a
Washington D.C. personal injury attorney today.