First Person and Suspense

Probably one of the biggest hurdles I have had to jump writing my latest novel is point of view. I thought of writing it in first person but then if I were to put my hero in peril (and I will several times) the reader has the happy place of knowing that the hero is telling the story from some safe location and survived.If I tell the whole story (a time span of 7 years) in third person limited, then I run the risk of my reader becoming bored with the hero's voice or p.o.v. I know that The Hunger Games is written in first person, and it seems to please many readers. If anyone reads this blog I would appreciate your opinion...or advice.