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This paper describes the application of an expert system to the evaluation of fire safety in dwellings based on the body of knowledge developed by the Fire Engineering Research Group at the University of Ulster. The background and philosophy of the evaluation procedure together with the associated reasoning with respect to the choice of system and its implementation are outlined in some detail. This demonstration system is intended as a pilot study for a more ambitious program. A discussion relating to problems with the system and future developments concludes the paper.