Crematorium buys bigger furnace for wider coffins amid obesity rise
Published 01/10/2015 | 17:31
A crematorium has bought a bigger furnace to cope with obese dead bodies.
Pembrokeshire Council said the upgraded Parc Gwyn Crematorium in Narberth, West Wales, can now "accommodate wider coffin widths" than its predecessor.
Work started on replacing the two cremators earlier this year after the others came to the end of their working life.
A spokeswoman said: "The old machines have been replaced with two high-specification cremators along with a mercury abatement plant which will result in a 100% abatement of mercury.
"As part of the upgrade, we also had the option of installing a bigger cremator to accommodate wider coffin widths, in view of increasing rates of obesity.
"The bigger cremator cost £8,000 more than a standard-sized cremator and it can accommodate coffins up to 41 inches wide.
"Previously, the crematorium could accommodate coffins up to 30 inches wide."
In recent years, rising levels of obesity resulted in the Welsh Ambulance Service having to adapt their fleet to deal with overweight patients.
Between 2010 and 2012, it spent £4.5 million on equipment to cope with obese patients.
And figures released by Public Health Wales earlier this year revealed that a quarter of children starting school were overweight.