Love thy neighbor

The end of the school year brings elation to most kids. In Arizona, it can also means months of triple digit temperatures ahead. Parents need to plan creative ways to keep their kids out of the heat and out of trouble. It can be helpful to be knowledgeable about the noise ordinances in your city if you are planning any outdoor activities and parties.

If you decide to go for a nighttime swim to avoid the sun, be aware that the noise ordinance in Phoenix is especially strict between the hours of 11:00 PM and 7:00 AM. So if you listen to music while doing laps, make sure to keep the volume comfortable for your neighbors, especially during the overnight hours.

The ordinance states:

The following acts, among others, are declared to be loud, disturbing and unnecessary noises and noises in violation of this Article, but this enumeration shall not be deemed to be exclusive, namely: Radios, phonographs, etc. The playing of any radio, phonograph or any other musical instrument in such a manner or with such volume, particularly between the hours of 11:00 P. M. and 7:00 A.M., as to annoy or disturb the quiet, comfort or repose of persons in any office, hospital or in any dwelling, hotel or other type of residence, or of any persons in the vicinity.

Some of the other activities prohibited by the ordinance include excessive horn blowing, yelling and shouting on the streets, and dogs and pets that bark constantly or make excessive noise. An annoyed neighbor can call the police and take legal action against someone who violates the ordinance, so try to stay quiet this summer while you try to stay cool.

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