Some can’t stand heat, get out of kitchen

Inside the Big Ass Sandwich food cart in Portland, July 1, 2013 (KOIN 6 News)
Inside the Big Ass Sandwich food cart in Portland, July 1, 2013 (KOIN 6 News)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The extreme heat presents different challenges to people in different professions.

Inside Portland’s food carts, the temperature is well above 100 degrees.

But the cooks inside Big Ass Sandwiches said they can’t stand the heat and will get out of the kitchen — on Tuesday, at least, and will close the most popular food carts in Portland for the day.

Many road construction projects are in full swing in and around Portland slow commuters throughout the area.

Crews are restriping the west side of the Broadway Bridge, with one lane to be closed from 3-6:30 a.m. Tuesday. In North Portland, work is underway on Fremont from Mississippi to Williams. One lane is also closed there.

Northeast 16th is completely closed from Burnside to Sandy through next Monday.

Construction workers in downtown Portland, July1, 2013 (KOIN 6 News)

Construction workers in downtown Portland, July1, 2013 (KOIN 6 News)

Hundreds of construction workers are closer to the sun on the top and sides of downtown buildings being built, and many are covered from head to toe with long sleeve shirts and collars, to keep the sun from burning and to absorb the moisture.

This week, Classical Pianos will receive several truckloads of pianos, and at 600 pounds each, it’s sweaty work no matter what the temperature. The piano movers need to ensure the instruments make a smooth trip into the shop and onto the showroom floor.

These movers make their money most often in the summer and those who spoke with KOIN 6 News said they prefer the heat to rain.

Local hospitals are beginning to see patients who got too much sun. Dr. Mitch Ross said even those people used to the intense heat can get into trouble when there’s no place to take a break and cool down. He suggested using “wet cool towels around the neck, armpits and head. Get your body wet to cool down.”


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