(July 5, 2012) – Summer is in session and kids have a lot more free time. The Washington Post’s Petula Dvorak recently got a run down on how kids boredom can sometimes result in a visit to the ER.

In the article, Inova Fairfax Hospital’s pediatric emergency room medical director, Katherine Fullerton shared, “In addition to warmer weather and longer days, summer means a dramatic increase in pediatric visits to our emergency department,” in the hospital’s annual safety announcement. “Not all accidents can be avoided, but many can. Focus on things that can be done to prevent injury — proper childproofing of your home and outdoor areas is essential.”