It’s been a while since D.C. has seen any significant amount of snow, so we can be forgiven for being a little rusty on basic snowstorm protocol and etiquette. Still, it’s important that we all observe the basic rules that hold our society together in these trying times; without them, we run the risk of devolving into snow-related anarchy. As a public service, we’ve compiled a list of the most important things for you to remember on this Snow Day. If we’ve forgotten anything, add it to the comments!

DO: Have a snowball fight!

DON’T: Bring a gun to a snowball fight!

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DO: Go sledding! Plastic bags and cardboard boxes make pretty good sleds in a pinch.

DON’T: Bring a gun with you while you go sledding. Not that this has happened, but we feel it’s probably worth disclaiming anyhow.

DO: Take pictures of snow and put them into our Flickr pool!

DO: Shovel. Once the snow is done, D.C. law allows you 24 hours to clear your walk. Do so.

DON’T: Shovel all of the snow in front of your house onto the walk in front of your neighbor’s house. They’ll justifiably hate you for it.

DO: If you borrow a neighbor’s shovel and it breaks while you’re using it, replace it plus beer or cookies — or both.

DO: Once the snow is done, clean the snow off of your car.

DON’T: Forget to clean off all the snow. There nothing awesome about seeing a sheet of ice fly off of the roof of your car and toward an innocent pedestrian when you slam on the brakes.

DON’T: Assume your Honda Civic can handle snowy conditions. It can’t.

BY NO MEANS EVER DO THIS: Reserve an on-street parking spot using a garbage can, traffic cone or chair. This isn’t Chicago or Boston, and we’re not getting nailed by four feet of snow. And even if we were, DIY parking spot reservations are verboten in D.C.

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