MECOSTA, OSCEOLA COUNTIES — Each year in the U.S., more than 2,200 children die at home from unintentional injuries, according to Safe Kids Worldwide.

Members of the Mecosta Osceola Early Childhood Wellness Coalition are working together to ensure area children are not part of this statistic by hosting Safety Day from noon to 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 15.

Made possible by a partnership between several local organizations, including Spectrum Health Big Rapids and Reed City hospitals, Life Resources of Northern Michigan, Mecosta Osceola Great Start Collaborative, the Big Rapids Department of Public Safety, the Evart Fire Department and the Reed City Fire Department, the event is open to anybody who cares for children.

"Safety Day is about looking at the top reasons children are unsafe and providing an opportunity for parents or caregivers to increase their knowledge, because we know when parents know better, they do better," said Jessica Wimmer, Mecosta Osceola Great Start Collaborative coordinator.

"This is for parents, grandparents, adopted parents, foster parents, child care providers — anyone who cares for children prenatal and up," she said.

Wimmer said among the topics to be covered at the event are car seat inspections, safe sleep, medicine lock boxes, fire safety and more.

Safety Day will take place in both Mecosta and Osceola counties, including at the Big Rapids Department of Public Safety, 435 N. Michigan Ave., Big Rapids; the Evart Fire Department, 109 E. 6th St., Evart; and the Reed City Fire Department, 523 Morse St., Reed City.

Along with learning about how to keep children safe in the home, a certified technician will be helping attendees determine the safest car seat for the height and weight of the child riding in it, as well as the best positioning of the seat in the vehicle.

Each car seat check is estimated to take 30 minutes and appointments are limited.

To schedule an appointment, call Life Resources of Northern Michigan at (231) 796-4919 or email