First, experts always advise that you just get the heck outta there if you think the fire is even possibly too big.  If you judge that it’s safe to use the extinguisher, use the PASS strategy.  Pull the pin, Aim the hose, Squeeze the lever, and Sweep the hose.

Hope that helps.


Do you have more interesting name facts uncovered by that author Roger Cumbie, who has been mentioned on your show?  Yes, here is what we had at press time.  A few of our favorites were selected for The Roger C Name Game Special.  Please pardon any additional song note typos made by Jazz Joy and Roy in our rush to answer this question:


Patsy Cline’s real name was Virginia Patterson Hensley. That’s CRAZY, isn’t it
Patsy Cline Crazy

Bobby Darin had “Mack the Knife” cut his real name out. His name, Walden Robert Cassetto
Dream LoverBobbyDarin….

Tina Turner was born in Nutbush, TN in 1939. Her name was Anna Mae Bullock.
What’s Love Got To Do With It TinaTurner

Roger writes, I mentioned Conway Twitty. Just thought of this one. Conway Twitty was his stage name. The story is that he was looking at a map and noticed Conway,

Arkansas and Twitty, Texas. His real name was Harold Jenkins. He wanted a more rememberable name and liked the sound of Conway Twitty.”

Judy Garland toured several years with her 2 sisters as The Gumm Sisters. Her name was Frances Gumm before making the change.
PresbyOver The RainbowJudyGarland

Bruno Mars to growing up in Hawaii. I had been looking at so many items that I goofed. That’s the first mistake of my entire life. Chuckle. His name is correct: Peter


Brenda Lee gave us some classics. She changed her name from Brenda Tarpley.
Sweet Nothin’sFemaleContestBrendaLee

There is a “Twist” to Chubby Checker. His name was Ernest Evans.
06 – The Twist

Elton John’s real name is Reginald Kenneth Dwight.
Bennie & The JetsEltonJohn

Frankie Valli has sung for many more than “Four Seasons” in his life. Chuckle! He grew up in an Italian family in New Jersey and his name is Francesco Castelluccio.

Doris Day is a short and sweet name. Her name was Doris but she started out with Doris Kappelhoff.

Sweet Dreams

Connie Francis changed her name. Thank goodness. She was born Concetta Rosa Maria Franconero. And now, singing her hit song “Among My Souvenirs” is Concetta Rosa Maria


Stupid Cupid

Bob Dylan was greatly influenced by Woody Guthrie and Hank Williams. His name- Robert Zimmerman.

The Times They Are A Changing

I’ll bet Dusty Springfield was wishin’ and hopin’ she had been named something other than Mary Isobel Catherine Bernadette O’Brien.

Son of a Preacher Man

Johnny Paycheck had some grit in that voice. His name was Donald Lytle.

Take This Job and Shove It

Ray Stevens did some crazy stuff. His real name was Harold Ragsdale.

Mississippi Squirrel Revival

Enjoyed many Johnny Rivers songs. He was born John Ramistella.

Rockin Boogie Woogie Flu