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Noise-related campaign in Steamboat draws attention

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How loud is loud?

On the decibel scale, which is logarithmic, an increase of 10 means that a sound is 10 times more intense and sounds twice as loud. The humming of a refrigerator is about 45 decibels, normal conversation is about 60 decibels and heavy city traffic can reach 85 decibels. Motorcycles, firecrackers and small firearms can reach 120 to 150 decibels.

Source: National Institute on Deafness and Other Communicative Disorders, online at

Nighttime decibel levels

Location, Allowable nighttime noise (in decibels)*

Steamboat Springs, 55

Denver’s LoDo District, 60

Aspen, 60

Vail, 60

San Diego, downtown, 60

Washington, downtown, 60

Park City, Utah, 65

Austin, Texas, commercial/recreation districts, 70

Different cities set different hours for nighttime noise regulations. In Steamboat Springs, the nighttime noise limit of 55 decibels applies from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.

Source: Steamboat Springs Department of Planning and Community Development