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Food truck operators struggle to beat the heat

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) – If you can avoid being outdoors, you should stay inside as much as possible on hot days. 

On Monday, temperatures went above 90 degrees, but it felt more like 100 degrees. 

But, for a lot of people making a living requires being outside, even in the blistering heat. 

“It’s just sweltering. I don’t have another word to describe it,” said grillmaster Joan Bowman. 

She works inside the food truck, Timmy’s Meltdown, and keeps a positive attitude despite working for hours over a burning hot flat top. 

“You have to give yourself something to hope for, so like not being in the direct sun,” she said. 

In the winter time, standing over the grill is a coveted spot, but Bowman definitely deserves it after seeing what she endures during the summer. 

“It looks like it is boiling hot,” said customer Joe Devine. 

The staff inside the truck drink plenty of water and keep cold rags nearby for relief. 

“The grill’s at 350 degrees, so it’s easily 100-150 degrees probably right where Joanie’s standing, so for a couple of hours it’s pretty tough,” said owner Tim Cullenen. 

Franklin County Public Health said use a fan to circulate the air on hot days. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink water and stay in the shade as much as possible. (https://www.myfcph.org/resources/heat-safety/)

“There’s warm and then there’s sort of hot, then almost hot, then it’s hot and then there’s pretty hot, very hot and today’s is approaching stupid hot,” said Cullenen. 

During a lunch rush, Timmy’s turns out 50-100 grilled cheese sandwiches. They enjoy their work no matter hot and humid it gets. 

“People seem to like our food and actually have customers come back once in a while,” said Cullenen. “Even on hot days, we do pretty good.”

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