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Streak of Spare the Air alerts continues into Thursday

Original post made on Sep 2, 2020

The longest string of Spare the Air alerts ever issued by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District because of wildfire smoke in the region will continue through at least Thursday, according to the air district.

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Posted by Heyward Robinson
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Sep 2, 2020 at 2:13 pm

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It would be helpful if the Almanac were to include local implications for Spare The Air alerts. For example, Menlo Park's municipal code prohibits the use of gas powered leaf blowers on spare the air days. Unfortunately, most residents and gardening services are unaware of this restriction and thus do not curtail their use. There may be similar ordinances in other local jurisdictions.

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Posted by David Roise
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Sep 3, 2020 at 3:44 pm

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Heyward makes a great point. On my walk to downtown Menlo Park this morning, there wasn't a moment that I couldn't hear the roaring of a gas-powered leaf blower (or "dirt blower", as my wife likes to call them).

After all the days of smoke in the air, the last thing we need to be breathing right now is leaf blower exhaust, let alone all the dirt and dust they put into the air.

Please tell your gardeners that the only gas leaf blowers that can ever be used in Menlo Park are ANSI-certified, low-noise leaf blowers, and that even those can't be used on Spare the Air days. It might be time for some enforcement of this much-ignored ordinance.

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