We want you to have a fun and, above all, safe time on Bonfire Night.

Manchester City Council have written up some safety guidelines for keeping a bonfire under control, and have advice on how to report dangerous, or unauthorised bonfires.

They have said that the public should be encouraged to attend organised events rather than put themselves at risk by having their own private events. GMFRS will not make an attendance to unlit bonfires. The service has no authority to deal with bonfires built on private property.

Details of organised events are available on www.safe4autumn.com. If anyone knows of any established community events, please forward full details to Zoe Henderson, so that the event can be added to the website.

Reports of any unauthorised bonfires can be made by GMP, GMFRS or Council officers. Any reports will then go to the MCC Grounds Maintenance who will then go out and clear. You can call them to report unathorised bonfires on 0161 234 5004 or on 0161 223 7222 if it is an emergency.

They have also provided a list of rules to help you enjoy a bonfire in a safe way:

  1. Bonfires should be 18 metres from buildings, trees, fences, overhead cables and car parking areas.
  2. Only clean dry timber should be burned.
  3. Do not burn:
    • Aerosols
    • Batteries
    • Bottles
    • Foam-filled furniture
    • Tins of paint
    • Tyres
  4. 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.
  5. Do not use petrol, paraffin, diesel, white spirit or methylated spirit to light the bonfire. 
  6. Check the structure is sound and always check that no children or animals are hiding in the bonfire before lighting.
  7. Have only one person responsible for lighting the fire.
  8. 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.
  9. Keep some buckets of water nearby in case of emergency and to damp down after the event.
  10. Bonfires built on council land without permission will be removed.