Sprue (AIM: SPRP), one of Europe’s leading developers and suppliers of home safety products, today announces the launch of the UK’s first battery-powered “Natural Gas Detector”, a major new product innovation for the Company, under the Group’s FireAngel® brand.

The FireAngel® Natural Gas Detector is uniquely powered by replaceable batteries and is simple to use as a portable or freestanding device. Designed and independently tested to meet the European standard for domestic combustible gas detectors (BS EN 50194), the unit features a semi-conductor catalytic sensor that continuously detects combustible gas plus “smart” test, silence and reset buttons for ease of use.

The FireAngel® Natural Gas Detector extends the Group’s product range and broadens Sprue’s potential addressable market to more than 300 million households in mainland Europe and over 25 million in the UK alone. Not only is natural gas explosive, it can also cause death by suffocation and its presence is not always detected.

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Graham Whitworth, Executive Chairman of Sprue, commented:

“The FireAngel® Natural Gas Detector is an excellent example of how Sprue’s focus on new product development and innovation can create expanded market opportunities for the Company.  With the use of natural gas increasing, customers want a simple, battery-powered device to alert them to the dangers of natural gas either whilst in or out of the home.  Sprue remains committed to the development of pioneering home safety products.”