We want everyone to have a safe and happy bonfire night and would encourage Greater Manchester residents to attend organised displays across the city-region.
If you do want to host your own bonfire event please ensure that you read the guidelines below, as well as the Firework Safety Code.
- Bonfires should be 18 metres from buildings, trees, fences, overhead cables and car parking areas.
- Only clean dry timber should be burned.
- Do not burn: aerosols, batteries, bottles, foam-filled furniture, tins of paint and tyres.
- Bonfires should be no more than 3 metres in height. There should be a suitable barrier around the bonfire to keep spectators 5 metres away. Never leave a lit bonfire unattended.
- Do not use petrol, paraffin, diesel, white spirit or methylated spirit to light the bonfire – use firelighters instead.
- Check the structure is sound and always check that no children or animals are hiding in the bonfire before lighting.
- Have only one person responsible for lighting the fire. That person, and any helpers, should wear suitable clothing e.g. a substantial outer garment made of wool or other low-flammable material.
- Make sure that the person lighting the fire and any helpers know what to do in the event of a burn injury or clothing catching fire.
- Keep some buckets of water nearby in case of emergency and to damp down after the event.
- Bonfires built on council land without permission will be removed.
To report unofficial bonfires on public land, please contact your local authority.