Response from Baton Rouge police Lt. Don Kelly:
First, regular officers are not tested “about once every 90 days or so.”That is simply not accurate. Our officers are subject to both purely random drug and alcohol testing, which is selected by an independent third party every single week, as well as mandatory testing that can also be triggered by involvement in serious incidents, such as certain traffic crashes or uses of force involving injuries.
There are no exceptions made for the Chief of Police. He is subject to the exact same provisions as every other officer of any rank. However, I am not at liberty to release specific information regarding any individual employee (such as how many times a particular employee, Chief or anyone else, has been tested).
How can I dispose of a fire extinguisher properly?
Response from Curt Monte, spokesman for Baton Rouge Fire Department:
If someone gets their extinguishers from a professional safety company, then they should contact that company for refills or disposal. Also, it is recommended that you replace disposable extinguishers every 12 years or after any use.
Here’s how to dispose of an old fire extinguisher that cannot be refilled or that you do not wish to refill:
- Release any pressure contained in the canister by shooting a small amount into an open area.
- Let the canister sit for a few days, making sure the pressure has been released.
- Once there is no longer any pressure, dispose in a trash bag in your regular garbage.