Environmental problems Bonfire safety

Advice if you're having your own bonfire

Be safe, not sorry

Follow these simple rules to keep safe. . .

  • Bonfires should be 18 metres from buildings, trees, fences, overhead cables and car parking areas and only clean, dry timber should be burned.
  • 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.
  • Always check that no children or animals are hiding in the bonfire before lighting.
  • Keep a bucket of water nearby in case of emergency and to damp down after the event.
  • See our specific advice about Fireworks.

Do not burn:

  • Aerosols
  • Batteries
  • Bottles
  • Foam-filled furniture
  • Tins of paint
  • Tyres

Use firelighters to light the bonfire, NEVER use:

  • Petrol
  • Paraffin
  • Diesel
  • White spirit or methylated spirit


Visit the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service website for more information

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