Scissors are designed for cutting paper, cardboard, cloth and the like, but a sharp pair can also slice into a user who's not careful. As kids, many of us were chided by parents, teachers and various authority figures to never run with scissors. And they were right: running, jogging or even briskly walking with a sharp object in hand is generally a bad idea.
Sharp blades also pose a threat to those who use scissors while safely seated but take their eyes off of the cutting, inadvertently nicking fingers that aren't kept in the clear. Safety scissors, which feature plastic guards over the blades and rounded ends instead of sharp tips on the blades, are a safer alternative to scissors generally found in homes and offices [source: Schaefer].