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Outdoor workers try to stay warm during cold snap

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

Rob Peart’s workdays are long. The crew foreman for Summit Line Construction spends a lot of his day in a bucket truck.

“We started at 6:30 a.m.,” said Peart. “We work 10 to 11 hours a day.”

And when it’s well below freezing outside, his days seem even longer.

“It’s not something you get used to.”

But the job has to get done. So when temperatures drop, Peart bundles up.

“I have long johns on, a sweatshirt, an insulated Carhartt, and a jacket on,” said Peart. “I look like the Pillsbury puff boy right now.”

After installing and repairing power transmissions for 25 years, Peart has a few tricks up his sleeves.

“I got boots on the dryer, gloves, an extra hat on the dash, some of the equipment we use we heat that up too so it’s not all iced up. It’s basically a drying room.” he said. “Anything I can keep warm, I keep warm.”

In addition to rotating his hat, gloves, and boots, Peart also says to drink a lot of water.

“Stay hydrated,” he said. “If you get dehydrated it gets worse.”

And if all else fails, Peart says sometimes he just has to get out of the cold and put the job on hold.

“You don’t want anyone getting hurt.”

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