Countryside Safety

With the warmer months upon us we would like the people of Greater Manchester to have lots of fun, while staying safe and following the Government’s advice in relation to COVID-19 (Gov.uk).

Every year fire destroys thousands of acres of countryside and wildlife habitats - such as the moorland fires in Greater Manchester and surrounding areas in summer 2018. Some fires are started deliberately, but most are due to carelessness.

While out enjoying the countryside or moors:

  • Never take a barbecue on the moors or to the countryside - it poses a huge risk of fire, is a risk to the environment and ties up our firefighters who may be needed for other serious incidents

  • Always extinguish your cigarette and any other smoking materials properly. Never throw your cigarette butt out of your car window - it could ruin whole fields of crops

  • Don't leave bottles or glass in woodlands. Sunlight shining through the glass can start large fires. Take them home or put them in the waste or recycling bin

  • Never start a fire of any kind - it may seem a good idea at the time, but a fire in the open can easily get out of control

  • Keep children away from matches and cigarettes and open fires

  • If you see a fire in the countryside, report it immediately. Don't attempt to tackle fires that can't be put out with a bucket of water. Leave the area as soon as possible and dial 999

  • If you witness illegal activity report it to Crimestoppers 0800 555 111