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Nevada83's avatar

Why do they call them safety pins when safety pins are not safe?

Asked by Nevada83 (814points) September 5th, 2019

You can easily prick yourself with one.

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janbb's avatar

It’s the holder end that makes it safe.

kritiper's avatar

It all depends on your point of view.

filmfann's avatar

Why do we call it Grape Nuts, when it contains neither grapes or nuts?
Sometimes the name is just the name.

JLeslie's avatar

Safety pins are safer than straight pins. Both are used to hold fabric together. Imagine pinning a cloth diaper on a baby with straight pins.

That’s my guess anyway.

ragingloli's avatar

Because the tip gets a little sheath, so you can not prick yourself with it.

stanleybmanly's avatar

The safety is in that the point is shielded.

LadyMarissa's avatar

I have never drawn blood with a safety pin; however I have bled many times while using a straight pin…I find safety pins to be much better than the non-safety varieties!!! IF you’re getting injured by a safety pin, you might want to do some reserch to see what you’re doing wrong!!!

Sagacious's avatar

They are safe because the sharp point rests inside an enclosure.

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