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Learn About Lead

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Department of Health and Human Services

Learn About Lead

Learn about lead

Lead is harmful to your health, especially children under the age of six and pregnant women. In Michigan, a blood lead level of 3.5 micrograms per deciliter (µg/dL) or higher is considered elevated. Most people who have an elevated blood lead level do not look or act sick. A blood lead test is the only way to determine a blood lead level. Talk with your doctor about getting a lead test for you or your child if you believe you have been exposed to lead or you are at risk of lead exposure. Learn more about lead and your health

Almost everyone has been exposed to lead at some time in their life. Lead can be found in all parts of our environment, including our home. Lead in the home can be found in: 

Learn about how to get your blood tested, drinking water tested, and house tested for lead to protect you and your family's health. 

For information regarding laws and regulations related to lead, please visit the policies and laws page

Interested in learning about lead data? You can request lead data, visit the Lead data and reports page, the Flint water data website or the Michigan Environmental Public Health Tracking website.



Serve up a Healthier Future

Eat healthy foods with calcium, iron, and vitamin C to limit the amount of lead getting into your body.