In this week’s Keeping Kids Healthy column by UTMB Drs. Sally Robinson and Keith Bly: According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, in 2010, 17,000 youths 19 and younger were treated for lawn mower-related injuries. Many of these injuries occur in older children and teens. Boys with the average age of 11 make up 75 percent of the children injured. However, small children also are at risk of injury. Lawn mowers have the potential to cause serious injuries. The blades are sharp enough to slice and even amputate limbs, and objects that get caught in the blades fly out with great force. Though doing yard work together may be a fun family activity, children should not be around when you are mowing.