Playgrounds, swimming pools, playing at the park: the summer comes with many outdoor activities that children enjoy. While it's important to encourage children to live an active lifestyle outside, it's equally important for parents to understand how to keep their child safe and avoid injury. The same places where children have fun can pose a risk for danger if they are not supervised properly. Understanding where these risks lie will help parents take the proper steps to keep their child safe.

Playgrounds, swimming pools, playing at the park: the summer comes with many outdoor activities that children enjoy. While it's important to encourage children to live an active lifestyle outside, it's equally important for parents to understand how to keep their child safe and avoid injury. The same places where children have fun can pose a risk for danger if they are not supervised properly. Understanding where these risks lie will help parents take the proper steps to keep their child safe.

Swimming is a fun, popular summer activity. Unfortunately, 800 children die from drowning each year. Therefore, it's imperative that proper safety precautions are taken around the pool. Children should always be supervised by an adult when they're swimming. The adult should be within arm's length of young children and non-swimmers in order to reach them quickly and should always give their full attention to the child in the pool.

Playgrounds are another great place for children to play. Most injuries at playgrounds are the result of a fall and the most common injuries are broken bones, bruises, cuts and sprains. Parents should avoid playground equipment that is over hard surfaces such as concrete, blacktop or grass. Instead, play equipment should be over softer surfaces like wood chips, rubber surfacing or sand. Parents should also fix the areas where children might trip, like tree roots, and check for spaces where a child's head could get stuck. Spaces should be smaller than 3.5 inches or larger than 9 inches in width and length.

There are also a few home-safety tips that parents can use to keep their child safe in their own backyard. Parents should not mow the lawn while children are outside. Objects like rocks or sticks can be ejected from the mower, injuring the child. Children should be more than 12 years old before they are allowed to mow the lawn, and they should be supervised. Children should also not be allowed near barbecue grills and an adult should always stand by the grill while cooking.

Summer is an enjoyable season that brings the opportunity for many fun activities. Parents and children can enjoy the outdoors while reducing the risk of potential injury whenever possible to ensure the summer season is both fun and safe.