Emergency services in Bolton will find themselves in a sticky situation when they launch the annual Bonfire Night safety campaign Treacle.
Local firefighters and police officers will be joined by staff from Bolton Council on Victoria Square between 11am and 3pm on Monday October 12.
Spooky face painting and Halloween treats will be on offer for youngsters alongside important advice about how to stay safe during autumn.
Councillor David Acton, Chair of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, said: “We want everyone across Greater Manchester to have a safe and happy Hallowe’en and Bonfire Night – that’s why we’re encouraging people to go to organised events.
“A firework display which has been organised by your local council or sports club will always give you more bang for your buck than one at home.
“You can find out where your nearest organised firework display is by looking at our interactive map on www.safe4autumn.com.”
Councillor Derek Burrows, Cabinet Member for Community Safety, said: “We’d like to encourage everyone to stay safe this autumn and to visit organised firework events, such as our fireworks night on Friday November 6 at Leverhulme Park.
“We also want to make fireworks are not being sold illegally, so will be carrying out checks at traders around Bolton.”
Inspector John Scott, added: “We are not out to spoil the fun this Bonfire Night. We want everyone to enjoy themselves and Treacle is all about working with our communities and local partners to keep people safe.
“Checks will be conducted with trading standards to ensure that fireworks are being sold legally, with fire crews warning young people of the dangers of playing with fireworks, deliberately starting fires and making hoax calls to the emergency services.
“Officers will be continuing high-visibility patrols to reassure the public, deter troublemakers and to combat underage drinking; and we will be linking in with youth services to direct young people into positive activities in the local area”.
“I would urge anyone visiting or hosting a bonfire or fireworks event this year to visit www.safe4autumn.com as it includes some really useful advice. Better to be safe than sorry.”
To report firework nuisance or other anti-social behaviour call Greater Manchester Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.