Dee Duren, NewsOn6.com
TULSA, Oklahoma -- Tulsa paramedics have treated a record number of patients suffering from heat-related this summer. With seven more patients so far Friday, they have now treated 201 people since June 1.
"One of today's patients, a 49-year-old male, was classified as serious," said Captain Chris Stevens, EMSA spokesperson.
There have been five deaths in Oklahoma attributed to the heat, and eight more possible cases awaiting autopsies, according to the state medical examiner's office.
The relentless heat wave is expected to continue into next week, although News On 6 meteorologist Alan Crone said there is a slight possibility of some winds from the north Monday or Tuesday. If the wind direction changes, it will bring a slight chance of isolated storms.
"Any hint or hope of some change will be welcomed," Crone said. "But, there is no reason to bet the house, and we'll continue with the current forecast at this point."
Stevens encourages people to remember to drink plenty of water, wear light colored, loose fitting clothing, seek shade, avoid caffeine, carbonation and alcohol.
Other things to remember:
There is no "safe" amount of time kids can be kept in a hot car. How quickly a child becomes ill varies widely based on a number of conditions, including:
Three cooling stations are currently operational in Tulsa:
Tulsa County Social Services
2401 Charles Page Blvd, Tulsa
Operational hours: 8:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. 7 days a week
Dennis R. Neill Equality Center
621 East 4th Street
Operational hours: Noon to 9 p.m. 7 days a week
Salvation Army Center of Hope
102 N. Denver Avenue
Operational hours: open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
The Associated Press contributed to this article.