Is it true that in the USA you HAVE to clear the snow from outside your property? We don’t but I think we should.
I think it depends on where you live… the laws may be different in different areas. In some places it is your responsibility to keep your walkway clear. I was listening to a lawyer on a talk radio station here that said you’re better off not doing anything that doing it half way. In other words if you try but don’t clear it all the way off and someone gets hurt you could be found negligent in a court of law. It was an interesting conversation.
Here in Ohio there’s no law requiring you to clear your sidewalks. In fact, the Ohio Supreme Court made an interesting ruling on this subject in 1993. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try, altho as Jonco pointed out, sometimes it’s better to do nothing. It’s easier to walk in a few inches of snow than on a walk that’s been shoveled down to bare ice.
My small community requests that you clear your sidewalks to make it easier for schoolkids, mailmen, etc to avoid walking in the street, but if you’re elderly or disabled, the city will clear your snow for you if you ask. I don’t’ think that’s a service offered by most communities.