GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. -- Holiday cooking is the leading cause of home fires in December.

The U.S. Fire Administration estimates that every year, there are approximately 128,700 fires in December that account for 415 deaths and 1,650 injuries.

Dr. David Herndon, a world-renowned burn expert, joined the KARE 11 Sunrise team from Houston, Texas to talk about holiday cooking safety.

Dr. Herndon said vigilance is the number one thing to keep in mind while cooking.

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