FACET: Fire Ash Characterization and Evaluation of Toxicity

Ashes from the 2016 wildfire in Fort McMurray can still be found in the residents’ house dust. The FACET research project aims to determine if these residual ashes will have a detrimental effect on the local population’s health.

FACET (Fire Ash Characterization and Evaluation of Toxicity) is run by a multidisciplinary team of researchers based at University of Toronto, University of Alberta, and Environment Canada.

As part of this study, we will collect and analyze house dust samples. We are currently looking for volunteers living in Fort McMurray who allow us to collect dust samples in their houses.

To sign up, please fill this form

Click here to find out more about taking part in this study.

The study addresses three questions:

  • What quantities of fire-related toxins are present in indoor and outdoor environments one year after the fire?
  • Are inhaled wildfire ashes detrimental to lungs health?
  • How does the toxicity of wildfire ashes change over time?