OPEI releases a leaf-blower public service announcement

August 2001, Alexandria, VA – The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) has announced that it will give a Public Service Announcement (PSA) titled “Neighborly Courtesy with Leaf Blowers”. Scheduled to air from September 23 through October 6, 2001, the PSA will be part of the Old Farmer’s Almanac Radio Report (OFA), which is distributed throughout the United States on 655 radio stations.


OPEI President and CEO, Bill Harley, said, ”OPEI encourages consumers to buy and use leaf blowers in a courteous, safe manner.” The PSA recommends that users work at reasonable hours, check local ordinances for operating times, lower throttle speed and use nozzle attachments to reduce sound levels.

The PSA can also be heard on OPEI’s CyberLawn Web site, http://opei.mow.org, by visiting the audio-visual room in the OPEI Library section of this site.


OPEI is a trade association whose membership is primarily composed of U.S. manufacturers of powered lawn and garden maintenance products, components and attachment supplies, as well as industry related services.

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