Today I’m off to Florence to see Michelangelo’s David, the impressive Duomo, Signoria Square, Ponte Vecchio, and the “Gates of Paradise.”  Now THOSE are some amazing doors!


The post in the #7 spot did not surprise me at all – Decoded: Fail Safe vs. Fail Secure – When and Where?   Many of my most frequently-asked questions are related to this topic.  This Decoded article is from the second year of my monthly column in Door Security + Safety Magazine – the column has run for almost 9 years so far!

In the article, I covered not only how fail safe and fail secure electrified hardware products operate, but which type would commonly be used in various types of systems.

Do you know the answers to the following questions?

  • What type of electric strike is required for a fire door?

  • Which function is commonly used for stairwell reentry?

  • What electrified hardware product is always fail safe? 

  • And which type is always fail secure?

If you’re not sure, see below…

Here’s the #7 article:  Decoded: Fail Safe vs. Fail Secure – When and Where?

There is also a whiteboard video about this topic: Fail Secure vs. Fail Safe (and lots of other videos on the Videos page)

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