Tips during a heat wave

High temperatures and heat waves are becoming more common. The following tips and good habits will help you keep cool in hot weather.

  • Drink water on a regular basis
  • Seek cooling
  • Keep the house cool and close curtains until the evening
  • Stay in touch with your loved ones
  • Eat light and enough
  • Better avoid alcohol
  • Exercise less

The City of Brussels sets up a heat wave plan each summer. People who suffer from isolation or who are in a precarious situation can take their precautions and register at:

  • 0800 35 550 (during office hours)

More info?

Read the general tips to prevent complaints from too much heat and ozone:

How to help your pet?

Pets suffer from the heat, too. Here are some tips to keep them cool:

  • Provide shaded areas in your home.
  • Provide plenty of water for your pet.
  • Spray your pet lightly with water to cool it down.
  • Prefer wet food for dogs and cats. New or exotic pets (herbivores and omnivores) are best fed water-rich foods (fruits and vegetables) such as (water) melon or cucumber.
  • Remember to brush especially long-haired pets and remove the dead hairs.
  • Never leave your pet alone in a vehicle.
  • Be alert for symptoms of sunstroke. If you notice the following, consult your veterinarian immediately: very rapid panting, increased body temperature, trembling, vomiting, diarrhoea, loss of consciousness,...
Created on 11/07/2022 (modified on 08/06/2023)


Tips during a heat wave