Crematorium warns mourners not to leave alcohol in coffins over explosion fears

A crematorium has begged families to stop leaving mobile phones and booze in their loved ones’ coffins for fear of causing an explosion.

Combustible items like battery-powered devices and alcohol can start a fire if they’re burnt, Crematorium and Memorial Group bosses in Nuneaton said.

They also warned grievers to not leave hard objects in the coffin, CoventryLive reports.

Bereaved families have been known to put golf and bowling balls in with their late close ones before they’re turned into ashes.

But they can be propelled and ping through the room when they reach high temperatures, which can damage equipment and cause serious injury.

Even plastics such as fishing rods and sporting equipment can let out disgusting poisonous fumes when burning.

Personal mementoes can be left in the coffin, however – and wooden rosary beads, unframed photographs, religious texts or handwritten tributes on paper don’t present any danger.

“The worst case scenario is that these items damage the cremator or injure a colleague causing a delay to other family’s funerals,” said Tony Davidson, a manager at the business.

“Clearly nobody would want this to happen."

Medals and jewellery can also be cremated – but there'll be no way to recover it afterwards.

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Since it’s illegal for staff to open a coffin once it’s in the chapel before the service, family and friends must take off anything they want to keep before the body is turned to ashes.

Jewellery and medals can also be cremated but cannot be recovered afterwards.

CMG advises families not to leave items of sentimental or financial value in the coffin that they wish to keep and to be sure to remind their funeral director to remove any items before cremation takes place.

Staff at the crematorium are not legally permitted to open a coffin once it is placed in the chapel prior to the service.

Another manager at the company, Jane Baker, said there are lots of other ways to remember late friends and family and personalise the funeral.

"Flowers from the family’s garden can be just as meaningful.

“Mourners can also add a personal touch by writing a special memory or tribute on paper and including this in the coffin.

“If a family wished to include a small personal item with the ashes when they purchase a memorial, we would encourage them to talk to us about this."

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