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Fire Fighter Suicide and Behavioral Health Are Becoming a Concern to the Fire Service.

This is the first of a three part series of blogs highlighting selected authors, titles, and publications used for fire fighters and behavioral health research. For additional information and the annotated bibliography for each study navigate to:


Kimbrel NA; Pennington ML; Cammarata CM; Leto F; Ostiguy WJ; Gulliver SB. (July 2016). “Is Cumulative Exposure to Suicide Attempts and Deaths a Risk Factor for Suicidal Behavior Among Firefighters? A Preliminary Study.Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior.


Stanley IH; Hom MA; Joiner TE. (May 2016). “Suicide mortality among firefighters: Results from a large, urban fire department.American Journal of Industrial Medicine.


Gulliver SB; Pennington ML; Leto F; Cammarata C;, Ostiguy W; Zavodny C; Flynn EJ; Kimbrel NA. (2016/40(2)/121-128). “In the wake of suicide: Developing guidelines for suicide postvention in fire service.Death Studies.


Stanley IH; Hom MA; Hagan CR; Joiner TE. (November 2015/187/163-71). “Career prevalence and correlates of suicidal thoughts and behaviors among firefighters.Journal of Affective Disorders.


Hom MA; Stanley IH; Ringer FB; Joiner TE. (June 2016/67(6)/688-91). “Mental Health Service Use Among Firefighters With Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors.Psychiatric Services.


Carpenter GS; Carpenter TP; Kimbrel NA; Flynn EJ; Pennington M;, Cammarata C; Zimering RT; Kamholz BW; Gulliver SB. (March 2015/39(2)/191-6). “Social support, stress, and suicidal ideation in professional firefighters.American Journal of Health Behavior.


Chu C; Buchman-Schmitt JM; Hom MA; Stanley IH; Joiner TE Jr. (June2016/240/26-33). “A test of the interpersonal theory of suicide in a large sample of current firefighters.Psychiatry Research.


Stanley IH; Hom MA; Joiner TE. (March 2016/44/25-44). “A systematic review of suicidal thoughts and behaviors among police officers, firefighters, EMTs, and paramedics.Clinical Psychology Review.


Henderson, Sarah N.; Van Hasselt, Vincent B.; LeDuc, Todd J.; Couwels, Judy. (June 2016/47(3)/224-230). “Firefighter suicide: Understanding cultural challenges for mental health professionals.Professional Psychology: Research and Practice.


Heitman, Steven. (March 2016). “Suicide in the Fire Service: Saving the Lives of Firefighters.Thesis: Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA.

Spirits are bright, and you’re decking the house in its holiday best. From frosty snowmen on front lawns to Christmas trees glowing in front windows, Chicagoland turns into a beautiful wonderland this time of year.

As busy as you are, have you set aside a little time to work up your checklist for holiday home safety tips?

As the leader among Chicago’s fire restoration companies, we can help. Based on our years of experience in the field, we offer a list of tips that are easy to apply to your upcoming celebrations this very special season.

Holiday Home Safety Tips: 10 Ways to Keep the Season Safe

1. Give Candles Clearance

flameless candle

Beautiful candles light up the holidays with a special glow, but they can quickly become a fire hazard. Give candles at least 12 inches of clearance on all sides, and display them on sturdy bases protected by hurricane globes.

Power Tip: Switch from wax to the soft light of flameless candles. These safe substitutes operate on battery power and come in a variety of styles and sizes.


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The warm kitchen fills with delicious aromas. Your plans include family favorites and a few new dishes. The most mouthwatering day on the calendar is well-seasoned with anticipation for even more holiday celebrations.

You’ve done it all for so many years, and everything always turns out just fine. Why think twice about Thanksgiving cooking safety tips?

The answer to that question is easy. Taking precautions can prevent disasters. You don’t want to spend the holidays cleaning up after a grease fire, tackling smoke damage or facing the devastation of a house fire.

Holiday Kitchens, Disturbing Numbers

Like most home chefs, you’re extra busy on Thanksgiving day putting in extra hours and putting the final touches on favorite dishes. All that activity in the kitchen results in holiday meals to be remembered.
It’s also the source of disturbing statistics.

According to figures from the National Fire Prevention Association, kitchen fires peak during the holidays. Three times more fires occur on Thanksgiving than any other day of the year.

10 Thanksgiving Cooking Safety Tips

family cooking during thanksgiving

By practicing basic fire prevention strategies and following these 10 life-saving Thanksgiving cooking safety tips, you can help keep your kitchen from becoming a holiday statistic.

1. Don’t Desert the Turkey

Too many cooks can be great in a Thanksgiving kitchen. They make sure that food is never left unattended over open flames. If you’re manning things by yourself, call in backup when you need to leave the room.


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