The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports an average of 173,200 home cooking equipment fires annually. Of these, nearly one third of these home fires cite unattended cooking as a contributing factor. Stay in the kitchen with lids handy. Fire safety experts strongly encourage when you’re cooking to keep the lid nearby in the event of a small grease fire, where you can slide the lid over the pan and turn off the stove top. Leave that pan covered until completely cooled as it could rekindle. Never throw water on the fire. If you have an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed. In either situation try to close off the area and get out.