Oddly enough, the only time I've cut myself with a broadsword was with a wushu sword- it was so thin that even though I was using the spine of the blade around my neck it gave me a little papercut on the back of the neck.
For a clumsy lug like myself, doing anything right with a dao is masterful. I don't train with a wushu dao either, mine is semisharpened steel so I've gotten a few close shaves due to my own carelessness. Instant karma.
Lots of cross stepping too.
It's definitely not a fighting stance or ready stance. For that, see the Dadao video ...the stances there are more like the practical hang yuet "ready stance".
No dangling limbs or exposed leg, for sure.