No matter the time of year, there are many ways that children can get hurt and end up in the emergency room. One of these hazards involves the pushing lawn mower. While parents often want their children to have chores around the house, it’s important to think about which chores are appropriate for which ages.

Emergency room doctors like Dr. Josyann Abisaab see a surprising 17,000 children a year who require emergency room care because of lawn mower accidents – and certainly some of these are quite serious.

Page Geske of Safe Kids Magic Valley says, “kids under 12 shouldn’t be allowed to operate a pushing lawn mower and some of the recommendations are children shouldn’t drive a lawn mower, a riding lawn mower until age 16.” Many safety experts recommend that children under six shouldn’t even be outside when the law mower is being used, as it’s hard to keep a constant watch on kids and they can easily get their hands caught in the machine.